On Friday, a tiny German shepherd mix, no more than four-months-old had nearly given up and just accepted her fate. No one knows how long she had been running, but she had no more fight in her; the world had let her down. What could be expected from such a young puppy trying desperately to survive along the country roads of San Antonio, Texas? Neighbors said there were two more puppies and their mother, but no one was sure how many of the dogs were still alive.
Animal advocate, Leslie Ysuhuaylas asked fellow rescuers to help. When the volunteers spotted the first puppy, she had barely escaped being struck by a car; the vehicle never stopped nor slowed down to check. Trying to elude rescuers because she was so frightened, the puppy ran into a ditch.
Rescue Dogs Rock NYC were called to help. Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of the organization, didn’t have to think twice before she offered full support:
“We were not just going to sit back and do nothing,” Stacey posted on the Rescue Dogs Rock NYC’s Facebook page. “We asked fellow rescuers to help and search for this puppy wandering alone on the South Texas streets. Last night they went back to the site and thankfully were able to catch the puppy who we have now named Bethanie, and we learned that Bethanie has a family living in the woods. She led our team to them late last night, and they were able to catch her sister Birdie. We believe there are more siblings and a mom which we will of course keep looking for.”
By late Saturday evening, Bethanie and Birdie were both on their way to an emergency veterinarian hospital for life saving care. Bethanie is lethargic, and both puppies suffer from severe skin infections as well as mange. Sadly, the world lets far too many dogs down. Bethanie and Birdie are the lucky ones, and in this area of Texas, this is the way of life for far too many dogs who deserve so much more.
“We are only trying to do a small part and help where we can,” explained Stacey. “On Monday the puppies will be transferred to our San Antonio vet partner for long term care.”
To help with the care and treatment of Bethanie and Birdie, please PayPal: Donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org or www.rescuedogsrocknyc.org/donate/ or mail: RDR NYC PO BOX 101 NY NY 10028.
(Photos and video of abandoned puppies trying to survive courtesy of Leslie Ysuhuaylas and Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)
Video nearly hit by vehicle – no one bothered to stop.