In rural southeast Dallas, Dowdy Ferry Road has become a dumping ground for abandoned dogs from their irresponsible owners. Tragically the area has become the sad reality for the canine victims of animal cruelty or the ones simply not wanted anymore. When a heartless owner abandoned Edessa, a young mother dog, after stuffing her dead puppy in a trash bag, the dog’s maternal instincts kicked in; she carried her tiny offspring everywhere she went while scavenging for food. And in that area, the depressed but loyal dogs sit by the roadside, waiting for their families to return; during this time of utter confusion and desperation so many of them wander out onto the highway and are hit by cars.
Earlier this week, Edessa was found lying on top of a garbage bag. The underweight dog was covered in ticks; the bag she protected smelled like death. And in the bag were the remains of her decomposed puppy – his jaw with baby teeth and pieces of his tiny coat. Edessa was one of the lucky ones; an animal rescuer discovered her, and did everything she could to ensure her safety when she brought her to Dallas Animal Services. Unfortunately Tuesday was to be Edessa’s last breath; the shelter was packed, and this girl was scheduled to be euthanized.
“Today, I met that lady who cried when I came there to save Edessa. No dog should endure the horror of carrying her dead decomposing puppy around in a plastic bag; still her mothering instincts trying to help her baby. Edessa is now safe at the vet getting the needed medical attention she deserves, grooming out the smell of her rotting puppy from her fur that was stained with decomposed blood and flesh as she laid on her to protect her,” posted Robin Linn, president of Safe In Texas Animal Rescue on her Facebook page.
According to Robin, two-year-old Edessa has been administered Bravecto after more than 100 ticks were removed. So far her blood work has been normal, and she has been receiving medication to help with any potential tick infestation complications; she has tested negative for Ehlichia.
A foster home is still needed for this Edessa. Thus far her vet bills have added up to $400. To donate to her care, please Paypal through email@example.com.
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(Photos of mother dog Edessa via Leslie Ysuhuaylas and Relle Austin)
Video of rescue work for Edessa: