In Ocala, Florida, Buttercup thought the family she went home with one day would love her and care for her forever. She had been adopted from a local shelter and had been a “happy, healthy and loving girl.”
For the first few months, life was perfect for Buttercup; her love for her family was unconditional. As time went on, however she spent more time alone, and for days she would sit patiently at the front door – staring at it and waiting for it to open so she could greet her family with her wagging tail and her sloppy kisses.
Tragically the hours ran into days, and as Buttercup grew hungry and her only water source was a nearby toilet, she grew weaker.
“…Starvation setting in. Desperate, starving and her body weak – her life slowly slipping away. That very family that promised to love her and protect her – abandoned her in a room to die,” wrote the Humane Society of Marion County.
Just two-weeks ago, Buttercup was discovered and rushed to the Humane Society of Marion County where the staff immediately began administering lifesaving care. Starvation can cause severe organ failure and so she struggles to keep down even the smallest amounts of food. Buttercup’s condition remains critical, but she is slowly improving.
If you would like to make a donation to help cover Buttercup’s medical care – you can donate directly to the Humane Society of Marion County 701 NW 14th Road Ocala, FL 34475. You can also opt to make a donation by clicking the link provided. Your donation helps us continue to save lives like Buttercup.
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