photo courtesy of Desktop
"Release unto Heaven those that
must cross over the Rainbow Bridge!"
April, 2003 - August 22, 2003
This is a sad story about a little Lethal White
from Arkansas. We were contacted to help in her rescue, and through
networking with some other great (lethal white) rescues, we did have a safe
place for her to go...but she never made it out of the kill shelter. Here's her story (unedited)...from beginning to end.
This is an email from
a fellow shelter volunteer in Arkansas...I'll
coordinate transportation to almost anywhere in the USA if we can find her a
place to go to. Please respond to Kelly at kalamityKate
as she has access to the dog, I don't.
Please cross post!
Hi! I went to the local shelter
today to get pictures and they have a CUTE white
Aussie pup with a little red merle spot here and there that is most
definitely blind and seems deaf or mostly deaf. The shelter workers got
a call on her because of
her condition and being chained outside to a tree, her
eyes are in bad shape. They've either
shrunken down to nothing, or she was born that way,
and she has a green discharge. The owner came in while we were
there to pick her up, but happened to slip
that she had 10 animals and city limits is
4. So the ACO talked her into surrendering the puppy to the shelter.
The owners said they got it from a breeder who bred
merle to merle (I'd like to
know who this "breeder" was!!!), but she's supposedly purebred and she
does look it. I would
guess she's about four months old.
She's VERY sweet! I fostered a
partially blind Cocker Puppy and he would have
nabbed you in a heartbeat if you startled him. This girl doesn't act
jumpy at all. She was a
little nervous when we first took her out on a leash and
walked in circles, but after we had her out
for a few minutes and played with her she
settled down and walked better. She likes to just lay and get petted
though. She just walks around sniffing and
checking things out, but when she smells you
she gets excited and starts wiggling, kissing and jumping up. She's a
friendly little girl.
She is in a kill shelter so I told
them I would contact both of you and if we
couldn't get her help in a few days they could arrange to have her put
to sleep. We wanted to give her a chance, but the
shelter nor I have the means to
place her properly and it's not fair on her. She's already been through
two irresponsible homes and doesn't need another
one. I've attached some pictures
of her, please let me know if you have room for this girl, or know
someone else that
might be able to help. We're willing to drive her.
I'll coordinate transport to almost
anywhere in the USA as long as the foster/owner is
willing and able to work with such handicaps.
everyone. I found out today that the shelter euthanized the white Aussie Pup.
When the owners surrendered her they said she had bloody diarrhea but she had a
bowel movement just after they left and it was normal. The shelter
workers said they went in in the morning and she had bloody diarrhea
everywhere, she also kept tipping her water bowl over and staying wet so she was
shivering constantly, and she constantly walked in circles running into the
walls, so they put her to sleep. I'm sorry! Thank you all for trying so hard
to help her.
Miss Arkansas: We wish you peace in your new life! We hope your eyes
can now see the faces of all that did love you (the ones who tried to save you) and
those that would have loved you; may your ears
finally hear the "good girl" and "I love you" that you should have be able to
hear right from the start. Now there are no more chains and only straight
paths in which to run freely, instead of the "circles" you were forced to endure
because of human ignorance and greed. May your needless death open the door to
compassion and understanding for many others in your situation. And we can
only hope that your story will prevent more like you from being born. You
are safe now, never to endure the abuse and abandonment you've known all your
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