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First used to breed: Then tortured as bait dog just to be thrown away

A seven-year-old American bulldog has never been treated with love or respect. First used to breed puppies to sell for a profit and when she no longer could produce litter after litter, she was forced into another victimizing role; Jessy became a bait dog. The scars on her face, her body and her legs bear the reminders of the misery she endured.Jessy cover

And then she was thrown away; no identification tags, no microchip and no one ever came looking for her. Brought to the Miami-Dade Animal Services Pet Adoption and Protection Center on February 1, Jessy is in need of a home or a foster family. A shelter volunteer offers the following observation:

“She is so gentle and wants to be loved so badly. She comes and sits with you hoping that you will scratch her all over. After being so abused, you would think she hates people, but she wants the attention of her very own human. She shouldn’t be so abused at her age.”

Sadly, Jessy is giving up on life. In her shelter cage, she barely lifts her head when anyone passes by. A Facebook page following her plight can be found here or here. Animal advocates have been pledging funds to help with veterinarian and other expenses to an approved rescue organization. Share this girl’s story with friends, family and social media contacts. Make sure to reference A1848583.Jessy 2

Contact: Pets@miamidade.gov with identification number to check: availability/status/request medical records. New location: 3599 NW 79th Avenue, Doral, Florida 33166. For information on transportation contact Steve Nash at (954) 774-0934 (by text or phone call); don’t allow a little distance stop you from saving Jessy.
(Photos of Jessy, the American bulldog used to breed and be bait dog courtesy of Urgent Dogs of Miami.)
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Rescued: Stray dog found lying on street critically injured and broken

He was found lying on the street in a poor village near Udaipur, Rajasthan India. Children played nearby, cars detoured around him, but the gravely wounded and emotionally broken stray dog barely moved. The side of his head was being eaten away by maggots as his ravaged body reeked with the odors of impending death. And then suddenly – out of nowhere, there was a glimmer of hope as volunteers from Animal Aid Unlimited arrived after a call from a Good Samaritan begging for help for the dying dog.

When rescuers arrived, they could tell he had been lying in the same spot for days, and had he not been rescued at the time the volunteers showed up, he most likely would have died. Dubbed Major Sahib, the dog was rushed back to the shelter where he was placed on an intravenous drip for his dehydration. The first order of business began as the medical staff slowly removed maggots that had already completely destroyed his ear and had been eating away at the side of his head. Then it was time to sedate him and really clean him up. He was placed on heavy doses of antibiotics and more medicine was applied to kill the rest of the maggots.

By this third day of treatment, Major Sahib began to show an amazing recovery and the strong desire to live. Like a brave trooper, he tolerated the repeated medicated baths to treat his mange, ate heartily and began to love life once again.

And now – several months later, watch Major Sahib’s video and see if you can even recognize that filthy, skeletal stray who had just about given up. To help more dogs just like this valiant pooch, please click here. 

Photo and video of stray dog courtesy of Animal Aid Unlimited.

 

Pregnant pit bull left abandoned in hospital parking lot

Just before the 2016 Thanksgiving holidays,  a small black and white pregnant pit bull was abandoned in a hospital parking lot in Stockton, California. The poor dog was emaciated, and full of worms and fleas. The dog was picked up and placed in a boarding facility where she sat for three weeks, not knowing what her fate would be. Due to no interest from Northern California rescue organizations, the dog was going to be sent to a nearby animal shelter which may have resulted in her being put down due to the high intake of pit bulls.  A Good Samaritan, however intervened, and the dog was sent to Portland, Oregon into the care of Animal Coalition Unlimited.  There the dog was given the name “Pee Dee” in memory of Petey the pit bull who lit up the screen alongside of those famous “Little Rascals.”

When Pee Dee was taken to the Lake Grove Vet Clinic for her intake evaluation, it was discovered that she was five weeks pregnant.  Unfortunately, this put Animal Coalition Unlimited into an unexpected situation. They were prepared to take in and care for one dog, not multiple puppies. However, they refused to abort the unborn puppies for their own convenience. The first goal was to get Pee Dee healthy enough to give birth.  She had been totally neglected and emaciated, weighing in at a mere 36 pounds.   The veterinarian at Lake Grove Vet was extremely helpful and supportive in getting her the necessary nutrients to get her to a healthy weight to deliver her puppies.  An ultrasound detected seven puppies but on December 22, 2016 Pee Dee delivered 10 very healthy puppies.

Animal Coalition Unlimited, founded by and run by volunteers in 2014, takes a very unique approach to animal rescue and adoptions. For one, they do not charge any adoption fees.  However, they have certain stipulations for potential adopters under their Foster to Adopt Program. This method confirms the potential adopter can take care of the dogs and meet all of their future medical needs. Basically, the new owner gets to foster their pet for a period of time before officially adopting them. This ensures it is a good fit for both the person and the pet. This is in the best interest of the dog, because it gives the dog a better chance of being adopted by a good family without putting too much pressure on the adopters from the get go. They thoroughly interview and screen all applicants and follow this up with a home visit. With this program, Animal Coalition Unlimited can monitor the ongoing progress of the dogs, for approximately a six-month trial period. Their success rate with this program is very high.

Pee Dee’s puppies are the first in puppy adoptions for Animal Coalition Unlimited.  They will start accepting applications after the puppies have had their first series of puppy vaccines at eight-weeks old.   Although Animal Coalition Unlimited does not take any adoption fees for the puppies, the adopter will be required to deposit the spay/neuter surgery cost at the Lake Grove Vet Clinic prior to taking the puppies home when they reach 12 weeks old.

The rescue is seeking sponsorships from pet food manufacturers, vet clinics, and individual sponsors.  Pee Dee’s story recently caught the attention of a leading pet food company in Canada; PetCurean  has taken on Pee Dee and her puppies as their featured pets. The puppies have been getting the best nutrition possible to ensure they are healthy, playful and ready to become someone’s pet companion.

If you would like to give one of these puppies a new home or you would like more information on becoming a sponsor, please send requests to:

AnimalCoalitionUnlimited@gmail.com.

(Photo for article about pregnant pit bull courtesy of Animal Coalition Unlimited.)

If you cannot adopt but want to help this mama dog with her puppies, you can visit their wish list at:

https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/BC9NYTKIOVL2

For updates on Pee Dee and her pups visit the facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/AnimalCoalitionUnlimited.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Injured dogs just meet and find solace in each other at vet office

Two injured dogs became immediate friends and found comfort in each other at a veterinarian’s office in New York City at their very first meeting. Rescuers had never seen two dogs who had endured such neglect and agony respond to one another with such apparent love and comfort.

“They ran into each other at the vet and they would not leave one another’s side. The purity and innocence that live in these two is commendable. They made it…and now they have each other. Little Valentine’s body is still sore and raw but he is coming along; the pain medication is working and he is in way better spirits,” Second Chance Rescue NYC Dogs posted on their Facebook page Wednesday morning updating advocates about the condition of two dogs dubbed Valentine and Moose.  Valentine and Moose

It started with the rescue of  five-year-old Moose late last week who was saved from a high-kill rural shelter that does not allow photos or videos enabling advocates to help these dogs find homes. With Moose’s tragic plight, volunteers were notified that his kennel mate attacked him while eating. Moose did not bite back or even growl; he sat there and took it. As he was being led through the shelter, a pregnant dog lunged and growled at him, and he only offered her his belly.

“He may look rough but he is as gentle and kind as they get, therapy dog type. Clearly a loser once cropped his ears so badly and as a result he has a raging skin ear infection, imagine someone taking scissors to your velvety floppy ears. He has really bad sores, an infection on his bum, he is covered in fleas, has an eye and skin infection.”Valentine and Moose 2

Once he arrived at the vet, he was diagnosed with a severe skin condition, an out of control ear infection and  polyps all over his body, especially on his back end. His toe nails are infected, and he was covered in flea residue. Most disturbing was that most of his teeth were totally rotted out which is uncommon for his young age; he will require surgery for this.  Described as a “low rider pit,” Moose who has a solid disposition despite all he has endured. He is described as an “absolute joy and honor to be around, truly an easy going guy.” Moose will be moving to a foster home for care and will be back and forth at the vet for treatment. Please note three more dogs were rescued that day from that same shelter.

And then came the  rescue of a 10-week-old puppy on Monday. When the organization posted his heartbreaking photo, it appeared as if the defenseless little pup’s face had been shredding away. He had been found wandering the streets in horrific condition, and for days he sat at a high-kill shelter and was scheduled to be euthanized. The rescue organization immediately put out a plea for help:Valentine the puppy

“It sounds like he has some kind of respiratory condition (unfortunately most dogs in the shelter end up with these respiratory infections). He has something that looks like a burn on his face, but may be some kind of severe mange or severe skin infection. His stomach is also raw and has the same bloodied scabs all over it. It looks like the skin was peeled away from his belly. He cries out in pain when anyone tries to touch him. We won’t know exactly what is going on until we are able get him to a vet. We cannot imagine the pain and discomfort he must be in. Please help us pull Sweet Valentine. We would like to save Valentine today and offer his the medical support he needs to get through this.”

And now the two injured dogs have met and their compassion to each other gives all of us a moment to pause and reflect how absolutely perfect is the description that dogs are our best friends – and not only to humans, but to each other in the most crucial times of their lives. If you would like to donate to Moose and Valentine, please click here. If you would like to get them a little gift for their temporary stay in foster care, you may do so at https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/ref=cm_wl_edit_brc…

(Photos of injured dogs find comfort in each other courtesy of Second Chance Rescue NYC.)

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Little stray found wearing his sweater but where is his family?

The curly white stray dog came from somewhere, but no one has arrived at the Carson Animal Care Center to claim little Billy. The unkempt poodle showed up in his tartan sweater, and everyone hoped his family would be searching for him by calling all the local shelters and visiting animal rescue websites anxious to be reunited. Since February 9, 12-year-old Billy had been waiting at the front of his cage. The moment he heard noise or movement – he quickly rushed to the front hoping; wishing his family had finally arrived. Sadly all of that recently changed; too many disappointments, and now Billy barely looks up when someone approaches his kennel cage. The sadness and utter despair shows in his tiny face and in those deep brown eyes.

Click here for Billy’s Pet Harbor listing.  “My name is Billy and I am described as a male, white Poodle – Miniature. The shelter thinks I am about 12 years old. I have been at the shelter since Feb 09, 2017.” For more information about this dog, call the Los Angeles County Animal Control – Carson at (310) 523-9566. Ask for information about animal ID number A5032277.  It is unknown if Billy’s owner died, and he was just dropped off at the shelter or even if his owner may be elderly and doesn’t know how to make use of the Internet to find her lost dog.

A Facebook page for Billy can be followed here.  Sadly, there hasn’t been much attention or interest for Billy, and senior dogs rarely have a line at the door to adopt them. Please share Billy’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives. Won’t you help?

For further information, contact the Carson Shelter located at 216 Victoria Street, Gardena, California. Phone: 310.523.9566.

(Photo of stray Billy at Carson Shelter courtesy of Saving Carson Dogs)

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Update: Shih Tzu dubbed ‘Lego’ just wants to dance and kiss

In a disturbing case of animal cruelty, authorities are still trying to locate the owners of a neglected Shih Tzu found wandering the streets in Freemansburg, Pennsylvania last Tuesday. According to the rescue organization, Because of a Dog, it wasn’t long before shelter staff noticed the extremely matted and filthy pooch, dubbed Lego, was not able to defecate – no matter how hard she tried. Initially the staff thought the dog might have had a tumor or severe matting blocking her rectum.Lego on Monday 2

The Chief of Police at Freemansburg contacted Because of a Dog, founder Selena Anstead for help; together they tried to figure out what was going on with the tiny dog’s rectal area. When Selena saw a mat almost the size of her fist, the Chief authorized her to transport the dog to the vet.

“Well, in that matting they found a few legos.  Yes, legos….the little plastic building blocks,” Selena explained. ”Now an x-ray is needed. And ultrasound. This little girl had more legos in her rectum! They had to sedate her to do a short procedure to remove the legos. All together there were about 6-7 legos. This little girl can’t weigh more than 5 lbs! She is emaciated. Thankfully there is no prolapse. However, her rectum is extremely inflamed and sore. We have no idea how long she was like this, but this is not something that occurred over the course of a few days – not for how badly that was matted.”Lego the dog 3

After the procedure, the dog was transferred to Peaceable Kingdom in Whitehall where she is recuperating. Selena was glad to report that the veterinary expenses of $658 have been raised, and the funds will be paid to the vet for Lego’s emergency care procedures. Some advocates have been very critical that the little pup was named Lego; stating it was not appropriate…

“The shelter named her. It wasn’t meant to be cruel. With everything that they see on a daily basis they have to have an outlet – it’s a name, nothing more, nothing less,” Selena explained.

On a bright note, Lego is eating, drinking and going to the bathroom. As the rescue forwarded the latest photos of Lego to the Pet Rescue Report today, she had this to add:

“The shelter sent me new pics. It was hard for her to get Lego to sit still long enough as she wants to keep dancing and kissing! She will make a family very happy!”

Donations and information about adoptions can be sent to Peaceable Kingdom by clicking here.  This organization helps most of the medical strays from the Bethlehem area. They could use the help.

(Photos of Lego courtesy of Because of a Dog.)

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Rainbow Animal Rescue stages massive rescue from Robeson County Animal Shelter

In the United States alone, millions of dogs and cats enter animal shelters every year. More than 50% of the animals in these shelters are euthanized due to overcrowding and lack of fosters or adoptive homes.  Playful, healthy, good-natured dogs, cats, kittens and puppies are put down at a frightening rate simply because no one wants them. Although some shelters have adopted the no-kill model, we have miles to go before we can achieve the status of a No Kill Nation.

Over $2 billion is spent annually by local government offices to shelter and ultimately destroy 8-10 million adoptable dogs and cats. Robeson County Animal Control, located in St. Pauls, North Carolina, has one of the highest kill rates in the nation.  They have recently had a higher influx of animals due to the recent devastation brought about by Hurricane Mathew.

Rainbow Animal Rescue located in Halifax, NC did a massive rescue from Robeson in January 2017. All told, they rescued 72 dogs in the month of January; 30 were from Robeson. They went in planning to pull only 15 dogs, but when they arrived they saw so many animals desperate to be saved that they pulled 30+ dogs and puppies between January 11th and January 17th. Rainbow Animal Rescue is a 501 (c) 3 no-kill rescue based in North Eastern North Carolina. Their mission is to help as many unwanted, abandoned and mistreated animals in North Carolina and the surrounding areas as possible.  All pets rescued are either fostered in a home environment or housed at the new Animal Rescue and Adoption Center based in North Eastern NC, until they find a suitable home.   They take animals from the county dog pounds such as Halilfax County Animal Control as well as from private pet owners who can no longer care for them.

Sadly, and unexpectedly all the dogs rescued from Robeson suffered from Parvo, respiratory illness or were HW positive. Rainbow Animal Rescue knew the risk when taking on so many dogs from Robeson, but they could not turn them away. Of the adult dogs rescued, half were heartworm positive and have started their first phase of treatment. Those that were heartworm negative have found placement.   One of the senior dogs, named Vince, unfortunately cannot be treated with a fast kill method as he would only have a 50-60% survival rate. He must be treated with a slow kill method.

The veterinarians are working round the clock using the best methods available such as Cerenia,  metronidazole, Theraflu and probiotics to treat the various ailments the different dogs are suffering. All of the medical expenses have wiped out the emergency savings account for Rainbow Animal Rescue. Due to this financial setback, they have limited funds which lessens their ability to help other shelter dogs.   Please help Rainbow Animal Rescue care for the sickly dogs they have taken the responsibility of saving and assist them with their continued rescue efforts.

Visit their website at rainbowanimalrescue.org.

Donations can be paid via Paypal at halifaxrescueangels@yahoo.com or called in directly to Williamston Vet Hospital by calling 252-792-3000. Some of the dogs and puppies rescued have succumbed to their illnesses. According to a representative from Rainbow Animal Rescue it is a painful decision to let them pass. The only consolation is the puppies experienced loving arms when taking their last breaths; the truly bittersweet side of rescue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A distant memory: Tortured Doberman with severed spine recovers

On January 4, an Isabella fawn and rust purebred Doberman was brought into the county shelter in Kershaw City, South Carolina. He was severely injured, emaciated and scarred. Someone had cropped off his ears in an egregious home botched job, but that wasn’t the worst of it for this one-year-old dog. His back was completely bent over and contorted as he hobbled in pain. The shelter staff believed the clearly starved and abused puppy had escaped from the hell where he had been existing, and as he tried to eat a dead animal lying on the road to stave off his intense hunger, he had been struck by a car.Spencer after

Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, and co-founder Jackie O’Sullivan came to Spencer’s rescue that day; the dog with a severed spine, and even though the costs to help him had been estimated to be extremely expensive, there was no hesitation to help:

“We took him because he was suffering, and he deserved to live,” Jackie posted to their followers on the rescue’s Facebook page. “It was the right thing to do, but we need your help. We put down a $3,000 deposit just to bring him in the front door. It is no wonder so many dogs can not be helped. In addition to the operation for his spine, his stomach is full of bones – which is another problem we will have to address.”Spencer after 2

And so the long road to recovery began that day for the tortured Doberman. Transferred to the  VCA Animal Specialty Center of South Carolina, tests revealed Spencer was so young and could still feel his legs, he was an excellent candidate for surgery to repair his severed spine. His stomach, however was filled with bird bones which threatened to perforate his stomach lining, but that was a chance rescuers decided to risk.

“I’m proud, strong, determined and a fighter,” Spencer seemed to have been telling everyone at the surgery center.” I am overcoming all odds and I will succeed! I will take my life back and find my own happiness! I will win!”Spencer after 4

In the days following Spencer’s successful surgery, the determined puppy was eager to get to work at his physical therapy as the staff helped him build muscle and support his own weight. Even the splintered bones threatening to pierce his gut had safely passed through his intestines, thus eliminating the need for a second surgery. And then came the toys- Spencer just couldn’t get enough of playing with them. Obviously, he had never before known the pleasure.

“Spencer has taught us a lot and has much more to teach,” wrote Jackie as the puppy continued his recovery with never a complaint. “It’s hard for us to put his rescue into words because it’s been such a whirlwind. He literally took us by storm crashing our website in his first 24 hours! It’s been an emotional roller coaster with just the type of ending we’d hoped for! Our goal all along was to make Spencer whole again; happy healthy and forever loved…”

 

And on Saturday Spencer went home. He has a special nonslip floor to help with his continued therapy. Everyday is an adventure, and now Spencer – who just six weeks ago barely existed in this world, has been truly rescued. Spencer is scheduled to commence hydrotherapy as everyone looks forward to his complete recovery.

“Spencer thanks everyone for the incredible outpouring of love and support! It’s been a very long day, driving home, checking out his new house, yard and room and he’s finally settling in and relaxed! Could very well be the best sleep he’s ever had! What an amazing feeling for him! He did it,” stated his new family. Spencer joins two other dogs – all of whom seem to be settling in fine.

Many thanks to Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, who so often step up and offer the abused, tortured and seemingly hopeless cases a second chance at life. Many thanks to all of the volunteers and advocates who donate their time and funds to make all of this possible. To help more dogs like Spencer, donations can be made,  please click here,  or here. Donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org.

(Photos of Spencer the Doberman and video courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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Read the Doberman’s original story here.

Check out his video: (Spencer wants that toy hedgehog out of his bed)

Five-pound abandoned dog found with ‘legos’ stuffed in her rectum

In the small community of Freemansburg, Pennsylvania, an animal cruelty atrocity is calling for the public’s help to bring justice to an abandoned five-pound Shih Tzu found wandering the streets on Tuesday afternoon stuffed with legos. According to the rescue organization, Because of a Dog, the Shih Tzu was picked up as a stray, and it wasn’t long before shelter staff noticed the extremely matted and dirty pooch was not able to defecate – no matter how hard she tried. Initially the staff thought the dog might have had a tumor or severe matting blocking her rectum.Lego the dog 2

When Because of a Dog, founder Selena Anstead, was asked to help, volunteers donned gloves and scissors, and as they gingerly helped the tiny dog out of her cage, the horrible smell was overwhelming.

“She was a total mess. Opened the crate; out she came and as the Chief, one of my volunteers, and I were ‘suited up’ in disposable gloves, we managed to get her distracted while I took a look at her rectal area. This did not appear to me to be a tumor, but a rather large ball of hair, fecal matter. Her rectum was not even visible. She was so dirty and icky that it was impossible to even tell if she was male or female. The pink dye in her hair at the top of her head gave us a clue that the dog was possibly female.”

When it could not be determined what was blocking the dog from having a bowel movement, and she kept trying and trying, volunteers placed her in a bathtub to soften up the matting. And what they discovered  was nothing short of disturbing:Lego the dog 3

“Well, in that matting they found a few legos.  Yes, legos….the little plastic building blocks,” Selena explained. ” Now an x-ray is needed. And ultrasound. This little girl had more legos in her rectum! They had to sedate her to do a short procedure to remove the legos. All together there were about 6-7 legos. This little girl can’t weigh more than 5 lbs! She is emaciated. Thankfully there is no prolapse. However, her rectum is extremely inflamed and sore. We have no idea how long she was like this, but this is not something that occurred over the course of a few days – not for how badly that was matted.”

Lego, as she has been dubbed, is now on a course of antibiotics, an ointment was applied, and she is currently being treated at Peaceable Kingdom.  The dog is currently reported to be snuggled upon soft comforters and resting. How the legos even got into her rectum is unknown; there were no teeth marks on them indicating they weren’t chewed and swallowed.

“What we do know however is because the chief called us and we all acted quickly, this little girl’s life was saved. Now we need you all … we must pay the $658 medical bill….During the whole ordeal, she never stopped wagging her tail and how she was even able to do that without crying is beyond words.”

Lego will be cared for and nurtured until she is healthy enough to be adopted. Anyone with information about the owner of this dog is asked to contact  the Freemansburg Police Department at 610-866-2221. Lego was found on the 400 block of Main Street in Freemansburg. She had no identification.

A YouCaring account to help with Lego’s veterinarian costs can be found here.

(Photos of abandoned dogs with legos courtesy of Because of a Dog and Freemansburg Police Department.

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German shepherd with leg hacked off left whimpering in the snow on the mend

After a brutal attack on an eight-year-old German shepherd last week, found on the streets of Bucharest with her leg hacked off, her teeth pulled out and her tail snapped off, is now on the mend announced the International Aid of the Protection and Welfare of Animals (IAPWA). The dog, named Spirit, who had been left for dead, had also been sexually abused; the knife used was left at her side, and it is suspected the egregious cruelty had been done by the “Bucharest Butcher” who still roams free.Spirit the GS2

Spirit was found by animal advocate Anneka Svenska who heard the dog softly whimpering in the snow.

“To have that in front of you was harrowing. We were all in shock. I couldn’t believe someone could do that, especially the way she had been sexually violated,” stated Anneka. “She was shaking. There were tears running down her face. The vet said they see this kind of thing all the time; it’s not a one off. They get horrific victims of abuse, and they can’t do anything about it.”

According to MetroNews, Anneka regularly feeds the strays in her neighborhood. She fears the attack on Spirit was personal, and who thinks the dog was abandoned in plain sight on purpose, with the intention of the crime being made public to serve as a message not to feed stray dogs. Spirit underwent emergency surgery at the rescue center of the Dog Rescue Romania and will be traveling to her new life in Britain as soon as she is able. Veterinarians, staff and animal advocates are amazed how trusting towards humans Spirit remains. An investigation remains active; it is hoped the responsible culprit(s) can be apprehended and brought to justice.

The charity “The Faith Project” emerged last year dedicated to saving dogs all over Romania. The project offers neutering and education across the country. Just a few days before Spirit was rescued, advocates made the grisly discovery of three puppies brutally killed on the same street. It is estimated there are more than 60,000 abandoned dogs in Bucharest. Donations to help these dogs can be made to the International Aid for the Protection and Welfare of Animals. 

(Photos and video of German shepherd with her leg hacked off and accompanying info courtesy of Tom Ross and the IAPWA.)

Check out the video of Spirit’s recovery. There is a great reason she was named Spirit!