17-years-old and her family deserted her at Los Angeles animal shelter

Poor little Sunshine – for how many years did she bring a smile to the face of someone who surely must have loved her? Fast track ahead in time, and this once adorable little terrier was ignored and neglected.

The City of Los Angeles Department of Animal Services South Los Angeles Animal Care and Control Center have listed her as BLUE/MEDICAL ALERT STATUS. Her name is Sunshine, and she is a female, spayed tan mixed breed who was surrendered to the shelter on February 11.

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Animals on Blue Medical Alert have a treatable medical condition that is too severe to be cared for in a shelter. These animals need adoption/rescue and private medical care.

No behavioral issues have been noted, and Sunshine will be available for adoption on February 22. Her medical notes are included here for reference:

MEDICAL NOTES/CONDITION: SENIOR, DENTAL DZ, WOUND ON FACE, STIFF GAIT, LAME RIGHT HIND LEG. S MIXED BREED TAN/WHITE Rev Date: 2/22/2020 DOB: 2/21/2003
5/21/2003
Treated by: 574 Visit Type: Condition: NORMAL Temp: Wt: 0.00LBS 0.00
Treatment Desc –
VACCINATE – DHLPP
Treated by: 574 Visit Type: Condition: NORMAL Temp: Wt: 0.00LBS 0.00
Treatment Desc –
VACCINATE – BORDETELLA
Treated by: 574 Visit Type: Condition: NORMAL Temp: Wt: 0.00LBS 0.00
Treatment Desc –
PARASITE TRMT – DEWORM
Treated by: 574 Visit Type: Condition: NORMAL Temp: Wt: 0.00LBS 0.00
Treatment Desc –
PARASITE TRMT – FLEA SPRAY
5/24/2003
Treated by: 562 Visit Type: Condition: NORMAL Temp: Wt: 0.00LBS 0.00 OKAY FOR S/N SX., T=100.2*F
Treatment Desc –
EXAMINATION – EXAM
Treated by: 562 Visit Type: Condition: NORMAL Temp: Wt: 0.00LBS 0.00 M/C#055-037-371 RVT#562
Treatment Desc – MICROCHIP
2/11/2020
Visit Type: IMPOUND EVAL Condition: NORMAL Temp: 100.00 Wt: 12.30LBS Treated by: 198
Treatment Desc – Scan for Microchip: None found [ ] Has Microchip [ X ] (055037371)
Sex: SPAYED FEMALE Neutered?: (if spayed, note identifying feature: PALPABLE SPAY INCISION/SUTURE )
BCS score= [ 4/9 ] (1=emaciated, 5=ideal, 9=obese) Pulse Rate= RR= MM=
History (if known): POSSIBLE OWNER OTC
OBJECTIVE FINDINGS: (If not present, mark N; if present, provide more detail)
Patient will not allow full examination [ X ] UNCOOPERATIVE ON EXAM, HEAD SHY/PAINFUL MOUTH Dehydration:N
Coughing/Sneezing/Vomiting/Diarrhea:N
Ocular/Nasal Discharge:N
Respiratory problems:N
Oral disease: SEVERE DENTAL DISEASE, HEAVY DENTAL TARTAR, LOOSE/MISSING/WORN TEETH
Ocular problems: MILD OPACITY IN BOTH EYES
Ear problems:N
Orthopedic problems: AMB X 4, LAMENESS ON RIGHT HIND LEG, STIFF GAIT IN HIND END Wounds: APPEARS TO HAVE WOUND ON LEFT CHEEK BUT UNABLE TO SHAVE/ASSESS DUE TO BEHAVIOR
Skin conditions: MATTED, DIRTY HAIR COAT, NEEDS GROOMING
Other findings:
Tests performed/Results:
Treatments/Medications (per DVM): SIMPLICEF 50MG PO SID X 7 DAYS METACAM 0.37MLS (1.5MG/ML) PO SID X 7 DAYS Vaccinated [X ] Dewormed [X ] Flea (+/- Tick) Product: VECTRA 3D REASSESS TX METACAM 1.5OR SIMPLICEF 100 VECTRA FL/TK PYRANTL 35 ML BIVALENT K9 FLU VAX BORDETELLA DA2PPV ORAL MED FLEA TOPICAL EVAL/VX/DW

2/14/2020
Visit Type: VET EXAM Condition: MEDICAL COND Temp: 100.00 Wt: 12.30LBS Treated by: 551
Treatment Desc – BAR- difficult for exam- tries to bite around head and if try to pick up LS OU severe ddz heart/lungs sound ok abd tensed, nonpainful BCS=3-4/9, able to stand and walk, mild lame in hind end scruffy, dirty, matted coat, wound on face continue meds

Share Sunshine’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. The stories of senior dogs abandoned and surrendered by their owners brings to light the heartbreaking situation of pets thrown away a disposable society. Surely Sunshine deserves better. We are all she has.

For more information about SUNSHINE, contact:

City of Los Angeles Department of Animal Services
South Los Angeles Animal Care and Control Center
Telephone ‒ (323) 565-2161
1850 W. 60th St.
Los Angeles, CA
Fax: (213) 847-0554
www.laanimalservices.com

Make sure to reference A0565059

 

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4 replies
  1. Bunny Peters says:

    If I was in LA, (I live in Seattle) I would foster this precious treasure in a heartbeat. She would get lots of snuggles to reassure her that the world is OK!!!

    My husband and I specifically adopt older animals. Senior pets are fantastic companions and show their love every chance they have…… But sadly, I don’t think we are in the “majority” of adopters…..

    WTF is wrong with people??? Most of us want our furbabies to be with us for as long as possible and we savor each and every day our precious treasures are with us…… Do they really think there is a long line of potential adopters for an elderly, medically fragile furbaby???

    It is heartbreaking to think of seniors being euthanized when they should be with their family…… to me, the worst fate is to be euthanized alone, afraid, in pain and unloved…….

    This shelter is a high kill shelter…… I hope local rescues can help out……. absolutely heartbreaking how an animal’s fate depends entirely on which shelter it ends up in…..

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