Animal dumping grounds are horrible places where people take their unwanted animals to get rid of them. And while most of the time the animals dumped are already dead, sometimes live animals are left there to die by cruel and uncaring owners. This was such the case with one dog, which was left for paralyzed and left for dead. Fortunately, Isabel Zapata and her friends found the poor dog before it was too late.
Here is the story of a dog left for dead and her inspirational recovery.
Found on the Edge of Death
Posted by Isabel Zapata on Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Found starving, dehydrated, and covered in fleas, the Rottweiler was found by a dumpster in a popular dumping ground in Florida. Worst of all, the dog was paralyzed. Zapata filmed the whole incident as she and her group arrived to rescue the dog, which they ended up naming Susanna.
The first group that Zapata and her friends thought of was Gulfstream Guardian Angels Rottweiler Rescue (GGARR), a volunteer organization dedicated to rescuing Rottweilers in Florida. Yolanda Ramirez, cofounder of GGARR, was heartbroken when she saw the video.
According to Ramirez, “We can’t even begin to imagine the pain and suffering she has been through – she has been discarded like a piece of garbage, she is lying in a dump among the debris, pieces of trash, decomposed food, dirt, pieces of wood, plastic cups, Styrofoam, and metal. Her weak, fragile and exhausted body is about to give up.”
The Recovery Process
Rushing her to Mueller Animal Hospital, veterinarians worked tirelessly to save Susanna. Once she was stable, they tried to determine why she couldn’t walk. Testing revealed that the 3-year-old female had been kept in a crate and used as a breeding dog, and was dumped when she became too ill to fulfill her role.
As a result, Susanna had arthritis and physical deformities of the legs. Fortunately for Susanna, she had a whole group of folks who cared for her and helped her with her recovery, namely the veterinarians at the hospital and the folks at GGARR. The group started the slow arduous process of helping her to regain her strength and heal from her wounds.
For her part, Susanna showed her appreciation by licking her caregivers, known better as doggy kisses. According to Ramirez, Susanna is very loving. This made the people helping her even more determined to see her healed and happy. Slowly, Susanna made progress towards her recovery.
Part of her recovery process was regaining the use of her muscles. Susanna was first made to swim in the pool until she could regain her strength enough to walk. Over time, Susanna regained her strength and is walking around for the first time, living the life of a normal dog.
Just Another One of the Dogs
Looking at Susanna today, you wouldn’t know of her previous ordeal. Now, she happily plays with other dogs and doesn’t even look like she was ever paralyzed. Here is a video of the dog, given a new lease of life, playing with her other doggy friends.
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