Shepherd trapped in debris under camper after Hurricane Irma for 4 days

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In Hollywood, Florida, a frantic woman called out to Guardians of Rescue on Wednesday and cried for help after finding a German shepherd trapped under a camper cap since Hurricane Irma – four days ago. The woman had called numerous other rescue organizations, but no one came to help; everyone was overburdened and overwhelmed because of lack of electricity, fuel and access to some of the worst affected areas.

The Guardians of Rescue had made the trip from Smithtown, New York. On their website, they posted the following:

“Dogs that were already abandoned — old, injured, moms with puppies; animals that were abandoned right before the hurricane hit because owners didn’t want to deal with them; animals left in homes and animals left chained outside. What ever the situation, they need our help without delay.”

Within an hour the rescuers arrived; the devastation in the area apparent and the police and firefighters were already on the scene removing the camper shell lying on top of the injured dog. The man who lived at the home wasn’t there – he had evacuated and left his five dogs behind. Trapped in a hot, disgusting building, covered in their own feces, one of the dogs had chewed his way out of his cage and tried to escape the building that had been completely boarded up. As rescuers opened the door, the heat and the stench assaulted their senses – the dogs had been locked in that heat chamber for four days. The injured dog, soon dubbed Konrad, had been left chained outside to fend for himself. Rescuers helped to carry him out in a sheet and had to lightly muzzle him because he was in excruciating pain.

“He is not showing feeling in his back left foot or leg with any stimulation, and his front right leg is an obvious dogfight injury that is at least a week old. He would not move when we approached him. He is in bad shape and by his condition he has been neglected far before the camper shell landed on him. Thankfully, the good Samaritan that called us to come, sent us to her veterinarian who is very humble and offered her emergency services. She met us at her clinic 45 min. away from location. He is currently being given iv fluids, pain meds, being shaved to examine his puncture wounds, and injuries along with blood work being done. 104.10 fever. He is malnourished, dehydrated, and has several injuries throughout his body. These poor animals!,” the rescuers explained.

On Thursday, Konrad’s update on his condition had been posted to the organization’s Facebook page. Fortunately he suffered no broken bones and is being treated for severe puncture wounds and abrasions. The many scars on his body tell a disturbing story – details surely beyond what happened with the hurricane. This dog will never live like that again.

Authorities have promised to investigate this horrible situation and press animal cruelty charges against the owner.

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Photos and video of shepherd trapped under camper courtesy of Guardians of Rescue.

Meet Konrad:

Posted by Guardians of Rescue on Wednesday, September 13, 2017




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16 replies
  1. Darla says:

    I know the muzzle is for everyone’s protection but it kills me to see it. I hope they were able to remove it soon after his examination.

  2. pamela bolton says:

    I hope they drop the hammer on this owner. this is an obvious dog from “dog fighting” thrown away as useless. This owner doesn’t deserve to have ANY ANIMAL around him and should see the inside of jail immediately.

  3. Donna L Hawkins says:

    Thank you so much for traveling from New York! These dogs were living in hell on earth before the hurricane!! Prosecute that sonabitch!

  4. Adrienne says:

    Hope and pray these dogs get taken care of in Florida. The inhumane things who tied their animals to a table or tree and just drove away, God will punish them soon.

  5. Wendy Green says:

    This is a Belgian Malinois(Mal-in-wah)-the most LOYAL of all dogs and look how the “owner” is such a horrible piece of CRAP! This dog is very emotionally sensitive and a fierce protector of its people! And this is what this dog gets?????? Thank God for RESCUERS-he is in the BEST hands now!!!

  6. vicki hood says:

    Drove from New york? Good people. 5 dogs in misery as they were left. Bet this creep owner was going to put them back into pit fighting. This GS , bless him , has all the signs. Prosecute the creep owner.. Blessing to this kind lady who helped this innocent . I feel she will not let him go to public facility. I would love to see the look on this dogs face when she gets him back to her house. She already loves him. This is one super lady with one super dog. Rewards are many.

  7. Nancy Raymond says:

    Another example of piss poor owners whose ONLY concern was for themselves. These are the selfish inconsiderate hunks of sewer slime I would never donate one cent for. They don’t deserve it.

  8. Helen says:

    A real turd. Throw the SOB in the dog fighting pit with hungry feral dogs and see if this POS likes to be torn apart. Hope the poor GS recovers and placed in a loving home.

  9. paula calabrese says:

    THESE ASS HOLES I use THE WORD LOOSELY WILL NEVER GET A DIME FROM ME WHAT HEARTLESS SCUM BAGS… i was tears when i read this. these scum bags are heartless and just Dont give a dam about any thing or any body>>>> thank God Konrad was rescued.!!!!!!!

  10. pennysdachshunds says:

    This POS should have perished in the Hurricane!!! NO animal should have to EVER LIVE in THOSE HORRIFIC CONDITIONS!!!! They need to bust his Buns and toss him in a cell and “forget he is there for about three weeks”!!

  11. Cynthia Comos says:

    While the authorities intends are good until I see a arrest and punshishment these are just more empty words to me,ones I’ve heard so many times before. I just thank God for the neighbor,the rescuers and the vet…..THANK U SO VERY MUCH!! GET WELL SOON KONRAD❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️


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