Friday, October 31, 2014
This is "Lucky" on his way to Benton Animal Hospital yesterday. He was found by a former student of mine after being starved and abandoned. Now, Lucky is at BAH getting the veterinary care that he needs.
Lucky breaks my heart because as soon as we got him to the vet yesterday, we learned that he was definitely used as a "bait dog." You can see on his tail where he had been repeatedly tied to a stake and therefore unable to defend himself. His ears are chewed away at the edges and he has defensive wounds on his legs.
Lucky is about a year old and has probably never known proper nutrition; his feet are flat because he never had the proper amount of calcium and nutrients for them to grow properly; this can be remedied with vitamins, supplements, and good nutrition.
My mission here is two-fold. First, we have got to have tougher laws against animal abuse. We have got to do a better job educating people about the existence of this kind of behavior and somehow make a change. How in the world anyone could tie a puppy to a stake and use him as bait in training
Second: Lucky needs some financial donations. The good people at Benton Animal Hospital are taking care of him. Steve and I took him in yesterday afternoon and by the end of the day he had been examined (no heartworms! no parasites!) and given a round of vaccinations. He's got to be neutered when he is healthy enough and he's got to have a strong nutritional program. If we can get some donations phoned into Benton Animal Hospital for Lucky, he can get the care he needs. And when it's time for him to go to a foster or a rescue, having donations tagged to him will help make him a more attractive candidate.
He is still offering unconditional love.
We can help him/ Please call Benton Animal Hospital at 318-965-2371 and tell them you want to make a donation to Lucky. Even if it's just $5.00, it will help him./
He's a good dog!