Rescues have a tremendous impact on the lives of dogs in need. It is impossible to tally up the countless hours their volunteers spend in helping these helpless animals. Today, we focus on a very special pup currently under the care of Team Stinkykiss Shelter Rescue. I have been working with Neo for the last few weeks and will continue to do so until he is emotionally healed. Here is his story as told by his foster mom, Tamara.
On March 3, 2017, while working a rescue situation in North Augusta, South Carolina, this beaten and battered soul wandered into one of our humane traps. It could have been accidental, it could have been hunger, or it could have just been plain exhaustion. Whatever the reason, his life changed in ways he hasn’t yet begun to understand.
This nameless, trapped dog was terrified and in severe pain. He was immediately taken to the vet, where the extent of his wounds became painfully clear. His right ear was almost entirely severed. He had scars over most of his body from old wounds. His back legs appeared to be permanently deformed. Most of his teeth were missing and the remaining teeth were worn down and flat. He also had prior leg fractures that had been left to heal on their own.
It didn’t take long to figure out that this poor boy had been used as a bait dog, and with that realization, our hearts were shattered. (Learn more about dog fighting here.)
Don’t kid yourself – dog fighting rings DO exist. The dog fighting business is alive and prospering. We regularly encourage people not to leave their beloved pets outside for lengths of time without supervision. Cases like this are one of the many reasons why!
Now named Neo, Greek for New and representative of his new life, he has a long road to recovery, but we are committed to get him there! He is now in a home with a foster mom and dad who adore him. He has every reason to despise humans, and yet he is the most docile dog you could ever meet. He has made some great strides already and is slowly learning to trust. He is very accepting of the other dogs in the house. We know there is an awesome boy inside there and we are going to hang in there with him until that happy, confident, and trusting boy comes out!