In Southwest Miami-Dade, Florida an injured white husky, unable to walk, was found last week in a very small cage made of chicken wire. No one was sure how long the dog had been abandoned on the side of a dirt road, but her rescuers said the dog was extremely thin, thirsty and very sweet.
Georgina Milhet, along with her nephews, who had been on a horseback ride in the Redlands found the husky in the cage. As she opened the cage, the dog crawled out and was unable to walk – her legs appeared to have been broken at one time and allowed to heal on their own. Her elbows were full of lacerations where she used them to help her crawl, and her nails had grown into the pads of her feet.
According to Cbs12News, Kaylin Ricciardi, a volunteer with GTS Husky Rescue, where the dog now named Lucky is being cared for and treated is estimated to be between two-and-a-half to three years of age.
In a response from the Miami-Dade Animal Services Humane Animal Response Team (HART), their investigation has determined the dog had not been confined to a cage as initially reported, and the door of the cage had been opened leading the finder to speculate the dog may have entered the cage to find food, water or refuge. In addition, the speculation the dog had been confined to a cage which resulted in her stunted growth and limb deformity may not have been accurate.
Miami-Dade Services (ASD) wrote the following report:
“The facts involving this dog are that she appeared in the area in which she was found by the Good Samaritan approximately 2 1/2 years ago. At that time she already had deformed forelegs, which are not the result of being confined to a cage as speculated. Well-meaning individuals on non-residential farmland took pity on her and allowed her to take refuge on the property. A Pastor living on a nearby property was interviewed on June 5th, 2018, he stated that the injustice involving the information being spread about the dog was hurtful and must stop. The witness advised the dog roamed freely and had never been confined to a cage as long as he had known her. She spent her days on the farm and surrounding areas up until a fire destroyed the property approximately one month ago. ASD performed a walkthrough of the abandoned farmland which did in fact bear evidence of a fire having taken place. The timeline provided by the neighbor coincides with a report received by Animal Services involving a small, white, foxlike dog with deformed forelegs roaming in the Redlands. The property on which she sought refuge over the last 2 1/2 years is in close proximity to the location the Good Samaritan reported to have found her which, is expected given her limited mobility.”
According to the investigation, the property was not securely fenced and the dog roamed the Redlands area using the feeding stations put out by rescues and Good Samaritans as her only source of food.
Now that Lucky is with GTS Husky Rescue, the goal is to get her healthy again and help her gain more mobility. At this time, they are researching the proper prosthetics for her. GTS Husky Rescue is collecting donations to help pay for Lucky’s prosthetics.
(Photos and video courtesy of Georgina Milhet and Cindy Muniz Cooley)
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