Heartbreaking: Dachshund abandoned in cardboard box used as bait dog

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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17 replies
  1. Marni says:

    Those who make the laws should donate, not only their money but their time in seeing first hand why we need better animal welfare laws every where. Please send this story to your senator and make them see what we see.

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  2. pennysdachshunds says:

    Bad Enough to use a dog the same size as a Bait dog BUT a LITTLE DACHSHUND like this::: I hope they post a reward for a large enough sum FOR ONE OF THE PUTRID SCUM BAG BASTARDS to turn in the others… What a Horrific, EVIL, DEMONIC Bunch of VERMIN!!!

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  3. Gizmos Mommy says:

    Filthy fucking dog fighting maggots should be executed. They have their idol, that savage football player, to admire. All of them fuckers are subhuman SOS assholes. I will help this innocent pup and hope others will too.

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  4. maxiemom says:

    I wish they could track the vermin down who are responsible for this. Mandela was undoubtedly someone’s pet once, whether he was stolen from their yard, gotten from a shelter or from a ‘free to a good home’ ad on craigslist or some other such thing.

    Get well, Mandela. You deserve a happy home.

    Burn in Hell, dog fighter scumbags.

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  5. Barkley's Mom says:

    This is just horrible, using this poor little dog to make dogs mean. I wish they would find out who let this happen.

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  6. Melissa Gurley says:

    Makes me sick this dog was used as bait when are these people going to be stopped needs to be stricter laws for this dog fighting I pray this dog makes it and the people are caught hang on little buddy donated

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  7. JEANETTE FOSSUM says:

    anyone who fights dogs or goes to dog fights should be put in a pit with a pissed off bull. see how they like being mauled.

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  8. Linda Patton says:

    Who ever tortured this small innocent dog, using him as bait is the vilest human on earth. This poor baby didn’t have a chance in hell… imagine big dogs attacking you with the intention of ripping you apart. The humans responsible for this horrific act must be found, charged, and jailed for at least a few years. My heart has shattered over this. Prayers for his pain to go away, his wounds to heal, and his mental abuse to subside. Praying he finds a loving home where he’ll be cherished as he deserves. We love you sweet boy and sending prayers for healing both physically and mentally. San Diego California prays for you!!!

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  9. Pamela Garlisch says:

    They really need to offer a reward to people that speak up about dog fighting rings otherwise nobody will say anything and this cruelty will go on and on. I understand that the police don’t consider it a high priority but they should, it’s part of their job to find criminals! Praying for this baby to keep fighting and be strong! You can live!

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  10. Nancy Raymond says:

    Animal abuse in this country has become an epidemic and authorities seem to turn a blind eye to it. Dogfighters are never properly punished, they get a lousy 1-2 year sentence which usually means they are in jail for one half of the time, let loose to continue their cruelty towards innocent animals. WHEN will those who have the power step up and do something? Increase abuse sentences – 1st year -10 years, no plea downs, mandatory time, 2nd year, 20+ years, same – no pleas, must serve complete sentences. Those that have the power to change these piss poor laws do nothing and with the ‘stable genius’ as president whose stance on animal rights is nil, states need to step up and stop treating animal cruelty as serious as littering. This little dog is a prime example of the changes that should be made – a defenseless animal used to be subjected to dogfighter’s cruelty – probably was a free animal posted on Craigslist (which should be banned from animal posts). Puppy Doe was a victim of this miserable site as I am sure many other innocent animals are.

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    • Bunny Peters says:

      I cringe whenever I see “free to good home” ads on Craig’slist…..

      I always pray those small dogs and cats don’t end up as bait dogs or snake food…….

      It’s absolutely heartbreaking how awful and callous some individuals can be to defenseless small animals……

      I just know that anyone who is deliberately cruel to others (people and animals) will burn in Hell forever for their cruelty…… Here’s hoping they get there ASAP after suffering in pain, alone, terrified and worst of all, unloved as they die (as they did to others)…….

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  11. Helen says:

    Praying for his recovery. It’s heartbreaking that dog fighting still exist and not more is done to shut down these rings. People who run these operations should be jailed and never see the light of day.

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  12. PAMELA D says:

    SICK COWARDS IN THIS WORLD HARMING ANIMALS. IF THESE LAWS WERE AN EYE FOR AN EYE, DO TO THEM WHAT THEY HAVE DONE TO THESE ANIMALS MAYBE THIS SHIT WOULD POSSIBLY EASE UP. I FUME WHEN I SEE THIS AND ANY ANIMAL HURT. MY THOUGHTS ARE TO TORTURE THE SHIT OUT OF THE ABUSERS. WISH THEY WOULD HAVE DIED AT THE TIME OF THEM ABUSING ANIMALS. THIS WORLD NEEDS TO GET RID OF THESE SICK ASSHOLES.

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