Chain of Hope received several calls from various people about a dog that had been in a local animal shelter that was in very bad shape and the city gave it back to the owner. What we were told was that this dog had been taken from the owner due to neglect and that she was in horrible shape. Apparently some volunteers talked to staff and asked about getting the dog to a vet. The shelter agreed and a volunteer took the dog to a vet. While the volunteer had the dog, the shelter called her and told her to bring the dog back-the owner was there or had called and the shelter was returning the dog to the owner. Unbelievable! Some where along the way, I saw some pix of this dog and she was in pathetic shape.
I sent a couple of volunteers to the house to talk to the owner and check on the dog. Shirley and her son, Alex, drove up to the man’s house and talked to him for over an hour. The man was old and almost blind and he told our volunteers that he didn’t want the dog euthanized at the shelter. Shirley and Alex talked to the man about the condition of the dog, the fact that he was over-whelmed, poor, and truly unable to care for the dog. The man relinquished the dog to Chain of Hope and Shirley and Alex put her in the truck and brought her back to the House of Healing, Chain of Hope.
This poor girl, who the volunteers had named Grace and we are calling Gracie, was in horrible shape, as you can see. She was emaciated, only weighing 49 lbs. She appears to be a Pyrenees/Shep mix and she is a bag of bones. She has sarcoptic mange and she was crawling with fleas. Not sure what vet she had gone to, but they apparently did not treat her for fleas! We gave her a Capstar right away and the fleas were dead in 30 min. She was missing a lot of her hair and her skin was red and inflamed. Gracie was dehydrated, lethargic and we knew we had a battle to save this girl.
I got Gracie right over to the Humane Society of Greater KC-my heroes! They hit her with 3 different antibiotics, plus Promeris to treat the mange that we would apply the next day.
I brought Gracie back to Chain of Hope and Shirley and Alex gave her a medicated bath for her poor, irritated skin. We took her upstairs and she immediately climbed up onto the bed that is there and curled up! She was safe, warm, clean and fed. Gracie is eating pretty well, taking her meds and seems to have a little more energy everyday. She has a very sweet spirit and seems grateful for everything we do for her. Our fight is on for Gracie and for now, Gracie appears to be winning!
Like I said, most of Gracie’s story was told to me by people involved with her case, who are very upset about this. I totally am in agreement that this dog should never have been given back to the owner. However, that is a battle for the group that is involved with this animal shelter, this city, and it’s policies. Chain of Hope’s role in this has been to save Gracie. That is what we are focusing on and that is what we are dedicated to doing. We must focus on the other animals out there that we have yet to find and just keep getting out there everyday. We will continue to respond to our many, many calls of animals in distress.
Whatever repercussions fall from this entire ordeal, hopefully because of all that is happening, this will not happen to anther Gracie in the future. I will keep you updated on this beautiful girl!
Traci came Sunday to pick up Gracie. Traci is such a wonderful foster mom. She nursed Crosby, an older greyhound that was in very bad shape, back to good health and he was recently placed into the most fantastic home in Lincoln, NE. Thank you, Traci, for stepping forward for Gracie. We know she’s in the best place possible!