Yesterday I received a call about Bella a 6 year old purebred English Bulldog. I was told that the owner who is terminally ill needed to place her. Ironically that morning I had found her listed on the Internet. Her pictures were lovely and the fact that she was not spayed made me wonder why some backyard breeder had not scoffed her up. Back to the phone call. I was told, (not by the owner but a third part well-meaning person) that she was fully vaccinated, heartworm tested but not spayed. I jumped on the phone to see if our vet clinic could squeeze her in. We have a spot on transport the end of the month and this would give her time to heal.
Early this morning the pictures came in. First of little Bella curled up in the car seat. I commented that she looked thin. Then the second picture that took my breath away and that is saying a lot. Do I want to have sympathy and compassion that Bella's owner is facing the end of her life? Absolutely, yes. As a long-term Hospice volunteer I do. As a rescuer of dogs I can not find a way to justify allowing your dog to literally starve to death before your eyes. More importantly was there no one in this home who was witness to this abuse. That is what it is plain and simple, neglect and abuse.
And so, do we turn our backs and say, "We are face to the mat with debt right now. Bruzer tapped us out. We had little help with him. Now we have Bella who can not undergo surgery. She is at the vet in San Antonio being evaluated. We will ship food and vitamins, have blood work done, fecals checked and begin her vaccines. You see, Bella had not seen a vet since she was 18 months old. We have determined that she is heartworm negative. We need help.