Eddy’s Dogs, a non-profit rescue from Miami-Dade County, had been patrolling the edges of the Everglades, Redlands and the Homestead areas on Thursday feeding homeless dogs along a regular route. Included are abandoned dogs, cats and birds – on a regular basis averaging 50 to 60 dogs a day. Most of the time Eddie Alvarez, the founder of the rescue, pays for the vetting of injured animals out of his own pocket; often receiving scraps from local restaurants so the animals won’t go hungry. He tries his best to care for the dogs until each can be rescued and saved from such despicable and heartbreaking fates.
This day was a different when volunteers made a shocking discovery. There she was; an abandoned, severely malnourished, dehydrated dog who had been lying between pots of palm trees – too tired and too depressed to even move. Infested with fleas, ticks and mange, volunteers had no intentions of leaving her, although it seemed she had just been waiting to die. And so they gently picked her up – her spine and her hip bones only covered by the loose skin and what remained of her once beautiful brindle coat.
“She has no fight left in her,” stated rescue founder, Eddie Alvarez. “…found this angel just laying there ready to die! We are not going to let this happen. She is emaciated, severe eye infection, covered in mange. She has no fight left in her! Well we are going to fight for her.”
Dubbed Tammy Lynne, after a close friend regarded as a fighter and survivor, Alvarez updated details of the dog’s uphill battle after she had been evaluated by the emergency veterinarian hospital. Tammy Lynne suffers from kidney damage, has an open wound, is full of hookworms, heart worm positive in an advanced stage, and she also suffers from eye and ear infections. No one knows how long she has been fighting to survive – her prognosis is still unknown. She is receiving intravenous fluids, pain medications and vitamins; the veterinarian staff have cleaned her wounds, her eyes and her ears. It is hoped she can be stabilized.
You can follow Tammy Lynne’s story of the organization’s Facebook page. Updates will follow; in the meantime Tammy Lynne hopes advocates keep their fingers and toes crossed so that she may survive and live another day.
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