A plea for urgent rescue help went out in the Mesquite, Texas animal shelter on Thursday afternoon. Sadly it was too late. The photo of unforgivable neglect; an apparently suffering tiny dog with visibly rotting teeth and overgrown nails quickly went viral on social media bringing animal advocates to tears. Where he came from or if he had been surrendered to the shelter was not disclosed.
“…At first I thought the jaw had been broken. Looks like a puppy mill dog. …”
“…Nails don’t get that long from being a stray on the street – that dog was kept indoors, maybe even crated to get in that condition…”
Rescue organizations volunteered to help and as funds were being pledged for the dog’s rescue, the shelter veterinarians diagnosed the dog’s mouth and throat with inoperable tumors. Humane euthanasia was the only choice.
The plight of these terribly abused dogs are shared daily. As has been stated, it is important to show these dogs and what neglect has done to them. How else do people come together to insist upon stiffer penalties for those who abuse animals?
“Closing our eyes to the problem is not the way to deal with it. We need to do better by these animals,” animal advocate Aly Heubel stated on the group’s Facebook page.
Rest in peace little one.
Yesterday in the news: Family left senior dog at shelter -told staff she’s “too old.” More here.
Additional News: Horrible! Men arrested for hanging dogs and beating them to death – more here.
Saved at the last minute!
Abandoned dog gets a second chance