In Muscoy, California, the “forgotten ones” had been huddled together inside of an old tire just below the busy freeway at a dead end. No one knows how long the three tiny frightened terriers had been there, or how they ended up so close to a busy highway, but on Saturday afternoon, in the extreme heat of the day, volunteers from the rescue group Dream Fetchers rescued the bonded threesome.
“The dogs were so lethargic, they couldn’t walk out, and they just huddled closer together when I tried to take them out one at a time,” rescuer Cassandra Aldridge wrote on Facebook, “so the quickest and easiest way to get them out of the situation was to pick up the whole tire, with the dogs inside, and put it in my car.”
As the “forgotten ones” were soon called, the “tire babies” arrived at the veterinary hospital overheated, hungry and broken-hearted. They were infested with fleas and ticks, their skin was dry, itchy and scaly; foxtails and other debris had been embedded into their coats even though much of their fur was missing. The two females, now named Pirelli and Kumho, recently gave birth to litters; they were still producing milk. The third dog, a male now named Michelin, remained very timid and “shut down.”
Just three days later, and a Dream Fetchers’ makeover has been underway. All three have been treated for dental disease which included teeth cleaning and extractions of their loose front teeth. They are undergoing shampoos and professional haircuts. The two female dogs have been spayed, and Michelin will be neutered.
“The girls are so loving and seem to feel like royalty with their new ‘dos’,” Hedy from the rescue organization posted on Facebook. “Michelin is still too proud to wiggle his tail but we can see the light coming back to his eyes. The broken being mended takes time. These babies are worth it.”
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And now it’s time for Michelin to get his make over.
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Donations are needed to help with their care and medical expenses.
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Many thanks to rescuers Faith Easdale, Cassandra Aldridge, Bob Bennett, Patricia Hoyos and Jim Ralston.
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