On Saturday morning, the intake photo of a dachshund left outside of a South Florida shelter was heartbreaking. The dog could not stand and was covered in bite marks. Because of his severe injuries, the community shelter reached out for an emergency rescue.
“He had until 4:00 pm to find rescue,” the Dachshund Rescue South Florida posted on their Facebook page. “We could not leave him behind, and our hearts broke even more when we understood what likely caused his wounds.”
The dachshund’s tragic story unfolded as Dachshund Rescue South Florida’s volunteers arrived at the shelter. They were whisked to the back of the shelter, and there they found the “motionless bundle wrapped in a towel in a cage.” He had been named Mandela, after a fighter who had become a symbol. They carefully placed his limp body into a laundry basket and rushed him to the Leader Animal Specialty Hospital where staff had been waiting for the emergency arrival. Mandela picked his head up twice during the trip; never uttering a sound or a complaint.
“His fur was grimy to the touch, and his body was covered with scabs and scrapes and small open wounds; his face looked like it was swollen. The wounds told a story, but we didn’t know what that story was and why the injuries would be all over vs. one localized area,” Pam, the president of the rescue organization explained to animal advocates following the dog’s arrival at the veterinarian hospital.
Mandela had been a bait dog, and is currently being evaluated to determine the extent of his injuries. He is being treated with pain medication, wound care and antibiotics.
Check out his short video:
Mandela remains in critical condition. Just a few short hours ago, he was close to death. Won’t you help give this innocent victim of unimaginable pain, abuse and cruelty a chance to live and love again? Donations can be made to FundRazr.
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