Shanti was a suffering, starving street dog in India, and when first discovered she had fallen into a sewage ditch. The senior had an enormous, infected wound on the side of her head and neck; the flies and maggots swarmed her face, yet she never moved. She just sat in the shallow water and had resigned to death – and there she waited for her pain and her life to fade away.
When local villagers notified Animal Aid Unlimited to help, rescuers arrived and wrapped her in a blanket as they gently lifted her out of what was to be her destined tomb and transported her back to the emergency hospital area. Shanti was completely helpless, and had the organization come to her rescue that afternoon, she certainly would have died in that concrete drain – her energy so drained, she could not even muster up the strength to lift herself out.
Treatment immediately began on her massive wound; a powder was applied to kill the maggots, but it would take several hours for the powder to work before veterinarians and technicians could clean the wound. Clearly dehydrated, she was administered intravenous fluids which she would remain on for days. And on her second day at the hospital, Shanti was sedated, and the thorough cleaning of the wound began. The dead maggots were removed, the wound was debrided and carefully bandaged:
“If there ever was an animal on the brink of death, it was this sweet girl when we rescued her,” the organization posted on their Facebook page. “It was an uphill battle to get her strong enough to eat on her own to stand and to heal…. But after 6 weeks of treatment meet beautiful Shanti today:
Shanti wouldn’t be alive today if not for the generous help of supporters.
“She would have died alone, confused, in terrible pain and so scared in that awful sewage drain. The suffering she was enduring when we found her was unimaginable and something most of us will never come close to experiencing in our whole lives. Thanks to your help we were able to stop that suffering and replace it with comfort, healing and love.”
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Photos via screenshots of Shanti – resigned to death, from YouTube courtesy of Animal Aid Unlimited.
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