Two dogs on the brink of starvation came to our shelter in the last week. They are Bruce the Argentinian Dogo and a breedless lady we called Skeletcheto (Sceleton) for obvious reasons.
Bruce is 8 years old. He has been systematically starved for a long time, so he is weak, feeble and distrustful at the moment.
Our volunteers saw him sniffing around garbage cans. The caught him and the owner showed up. He said he didn’t have money, he can’t feed them and that’s the reason the dog is so weak. But, our volunteers decided to follow the case.
Some time after they met, the so-called “owner” left the city. It is unknown if anyone took any care of the dog in the days while he was away. When he returned, he seeked out the volunteers and brought the dog to them, saying he is leaving the city permanently and has no interest in the dog anymore.
We can hardly imagine how long this dog has been starving to get to this horrid state. His years are severely infected and it is obvious he has not been treated for a very, very long time. Bruce still doesn’t trust us much, but Vessy is taking the time to work with him specially, so we believe that once he is fed and free from the pain on his years, he will become a stable and calm dog.
The other weakling that found shelter with us is a young female dog. Her condition was caused by humans as well. For some reason, she and one other animal were locked in a small booth for God knows how long. The other dog was adopted by the people who unlocked them and set them free, but poor Skeletcheto didn’t have anyone who wanted her.
And she is such a sweet and good dog! She comes to you carefully, and then sticks a wet nose in your hand – c’mon, give me a hug, let’s be friends… If you ignore her, she leans her side on your leg, getting as much contact as she can get. If you push her away, she freezes in her place, just happy to be close to you.
We believe we will get Skeletcheto back to a good shape in a while. But will we be able to find her the love and care she deserves?