We were driving through the hood the other day and I decided to check a house that I had helped before. I had spayed and neutered all the animals that were here before. They lived in a fenced in section of the yard. After a while, the people and animals moved. I had not checked there in a long time, but I decided to pull over and see what’s up. We discovered 2 dogs in the pen, which was totally nasty. There was all kinds of trash, etc. there. There were a bunch of empty bags of dog food on the ground. It looked like someone came by and just threw a small bag of food over the fence every once in awhile. Their ears were bleeding from the flies. We pounded and pounded and no one came to the door-I’m sure it’s abandoned.
There was feces everywhere and zillions of flies around. We immediately went to the van and grabbed some fly bags and ear gel. As we filled up the fly bags with water and started to hang them on their fence, both dogs jumped up and started licking the water droplets that were dripping down the side of the fly bags. It was so incredibly sad. These dogs were so thirsty. We went and got a jug of water off the van and as soon as we started filling the bucket, both of them dived their heads into the water and drank and drank and drank. They were both pretty thin, we filled their food bowls. They were very sweet dogs. It was so unfair that they had to live like this. We decided to fix them up, monitor them and see if we could turn things around. We left a large bag of food on the porch along with our info.
I sent some volunteers by again about 3 days later and they came back with a bad report. They said the dogs were dying of thirst, they were very hungry and the bag of food we had left on the porch was still there. They had fixed the dogs up and came back to report the conditions. A couple of days later, we went over again and we finally talked to a neighbor. They told us that the people had moved out 2 months before and left the dogs. Amazing that people are that uncaring.
We decided to go ahead and bring them to Chain of Hope. When we let them out of the pen, there was a white 5 gallon bucket sitting over by the window well, full of dirt and weeds, etc. As soon as the dogs were let out of the pen, they both ran over to that bucket and dove their heads in. They thought it was water!!! Poor babies. We loaded up the dogs and brought them to Chain of Hope. They were in pretty bad shape-very dehydrated, thin, covered in fleas. We named the beautiful golden female Wednesday and the black lab mix male Pugsley. They were so happy to be in air-conditioning and to have food and water. They devoured their food every time we fed them and they drank lots of water for about 4-5 days, trying to rehydrate themselves.
Wednesday and Pugsley are wonderful dogs! They are very, very sweet, play with the other dogs, and just are happy to have food, water and some love and attention. They could each use a foster home, so if you’re interested please fill out a foster application on our “Adoptions” page of our website.
I don’t know what would’ve happened to Wednesday and Pugsley if we hadn’t come along. I don’t know if the neighbors ever would have called the city. I hate to think that they may have stayed in that pen and died of starvation and dehydration. Thanks for keeping us out there!