A dog was found wrapped inside a plastic bin bag – which her owners had put her in – before they took her to a shelter.
The dog, 10-year-old Betty, had a bleeding tumour on her tail and the owners reportedly didn’t want blood inside their car as they went to abandon her.
Rather than try and get Betty – then called Blackie – medical care, they took her to the Carson Animal Shelter, carried her inside and left.
Betty had a tumour on the end of her tail which was causing her immense pain – it was also bleeding – hence the plastic bag.
At this point, the shelter staff put Blackie inside a kennel in the medical section of the shelter, but she didn’t need to stay there long.
She was quickly picked up by a rescue group in San Diego called Frosted Faces Foundation and taken back with them.
Posted by Frosted Faces Foundation on Monday, 17 April 2017
Speaking to The Dodo, Kelly Smíšek, executive director of Frosted Faces Foundation, said:
Blackie was surrendered because she was bleeding all over…
She is eager to please, curious and quickly finds her human’s side in times of uncertainty.
But you can tell that her love has not been reciprocated for a long time.
Yett from the moment she was in the hands of FFF, Betty completely relaxed around the team – still curious and friendly to everyone despite what she’d been through.
We are privileged to be able to provide Blackie the care she desperately needed, offer the compassion that her family clearly did not qualify her for and we are honoured to find her a family that she, FFF and all her virtual supporters will be proud of.
Dr. Beth Gordon examined Betty after her rescue and discovered she had a heart murmur, some scars on her body, as well as bad eyes and teeth.
Since her time at FFF, Betty has found a new forever home and has undergone an incredible transformation thanks to surgery, love and plenty of attention.
It’s thanks to these men and women dogs like Betty get a second chance at a good life, alongside a caring family.
However some dogs’ owners can’t afford to take them to the vets and so some vets have taken to volunteering their services for the care of the dogs of the homeless.
Ruby Shorrock, a final year veterinary student, has made it her mission to ‘help the hounds of homeless people’ and founded The Trusty Paws Clinic, which provides much-needed care free of charge, to do so.
Speaking to UNILAD, Ruby explained The Trusty Paws ethos:
We want to protect that relationship and help maintain it, while helping homeless people to get off the streets.
As Ruby has seen first hand, the company of dogs can be the difference between life and death for some rough sleepers, like Darren, a regular at The Trusty Paws Clinic.
Darren told UNILAD about his five-year-old Staffy, Bronson, who’s his reason for living, adding, if he lost the companionship of his loyal dog, he’d feel suicidal and want to kill himself.
Most importantly, Ruby’s job is to help look after the animals whose owner’s are homeless, but, ‘it’s not about perpetuating their life on the streets’, she explained.
Rather, Ruby concluded, ‘it’s about preserving that bond to help them and their dogs move forward’.
You can donate here to help Ruby and her team at The Trusty Paws Clinic continue with their life-saving veterinary work.