It’s a miracle that a puppy, dubbed “Paloma Bagatta,” is alive. On July 13, deputies in Maverick County, Texas, made a chilling discovery on a sweltering hot day near the border of Mexico.
Someone had abandoned puppies in a tub in a “very rural” area where it was highly unlikely that they would be found. Little Paloma had somehow beaten the odds and was clinging to life, her siblings were not as fortunate. With no veterinarians in the area, the deputies opted to drive over the border to Mexico – it was Paloma’s only chance for survival.
The puppy appeared to be dying, was clearly dehydrated and ill. Dr. Omar Lawrence met with Loving Texas Pet Assistance volunteers and began life-saving treatment. The immediate concern was her body
temperature, which was very high. Overnight she was put on IV fluids and kept in a
cool crate. She had a skin infection, mange, and a viral infection.
Paloma was so ill that she had to stay at the veterinary hospital for ten days. She is now recuperating in a foster home with a Border Patrol agent and his family.
A village of people have been working to save this one discarded puppy – a puppy who is the face of a huge problem in the area. According to Loving Texas Pet Assistance, a crisis has been underway in Eagle Pass, Texas, for years. The agency, a new program under 501c3 Ghetto Rescue FFoundation (GRFF) in Los Angeles, was first alerted to the issue back in 2015.
Every day, area law enforcement officers find dogs who have been abandoned along rural roads, in cane fields, and in abandoned homes and yards. The Officers are volunteers for the Loving Texas Pet Assistance program. There are NO
emergency Veterinary services in Eagle Pass and there are NO spay/neuter programs, which is the main contributor to the unwanted dogs being dumped.
Loving Texas Pet Assistance stated:
We have formed an exciting international partnership between our U.S. Law
Enforcement run program and the Mexican Veterinarian to help dogs.
Anyone interested in helping to stop the crisis in this area can help by making a donation (which go towards spaying and neutering dogs in the area) to:
www.ghettorescue.org or www.lovingtexaspetassistance.org
Find Loving Texas Pet Assistance on Facebook here.
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