There are a lot of evil, mean spirited cold blooded, cold hearted people out there. A few weeks ago in the news someone dropped off a dog and her pups on the side of a street and used a nail gun in attempt to kill the mother, they killed 2 pups with the nail gun. A lot of humans brought into this world don’t deserve to be here, they don’t deserve to be alive. You must be one sick douchbag to even come up with the idea in that sick brain.
Gracie is now in the care of a foster family, who are feeding her four to five meals a day and taking care that she doesn’t dangerously overeat.
DURHAM HUMANE SOCIETY
An emaciated pit bull found staggering in a ditch by the side of a highway last weekend is slowly getting healthier, animal cruelty investigators say.
Gracie, estimated to be about six years old, was spotted by a driver near Hancock Rd. and Highway 2 in Courtice on Saturday, when a frigid spell brought temperatures that dipped below -10 Celsius with the wind chill.
Debby Houghton, animal cruelty investigator for the Durham Humane Society, says if nobody spotted the dog it would have died.
“It saddens me. She is right up there for being one of the thinnest and emaciated dogs I’ve seen,” said Houghton, who has been on the job for 21 years.
“She was emaciated, with sores on her — basically just starving.”
The man brought the dog in to a veterinarian, who eventually phoned the Durham Humane Society. Workers called the dog “Gracie” and immediately began treating her for starvation.
Houghton also said the sores on Gracie, some of which are old, indicate the dog may have been kept in a cage, rubbing her skin raw. Her paws are discoloured and yellowish when they should be white, which suggests they were stained from standing in her own filth for extended periods.
Houghton said that Gracie couldn’t have been wandering outside for long, because the cold would have killed her in her state. Even after two decades working with abused animals, she is still appalled at whoever left her there.
“We don’t understand why you would just leave a dog in a ditch and drive away. If the passerby had not seen her, I don’t think she would have made it for very long,” she said.
The dog is now in the care of a foster family, who are feeding her four to five meals a day and taking care that she doesn’t dangerously overeat. “All she wants to do is eat,” Houghton said.
The Humane Society has received several offers of adoption, but Gracie isn’t ready to go to a new home until her health improves.
Houghton said that despite everything Gracie has been through, she has a great personality. “She’s just a wonderful dog.”
The Durham Humane Society is currently tending to half a dozen dogs that have been neglected or abandoned, a sharp tick up from the usual number of around two a year.
“Unfortunately in the last little while, we seem to have an onslaught in neglected animals, particularly dogs,” Houghton said. She can’t explain the troubling trend, but guesses the economy may play a role.
Other regions in Ontario have not experienced a similar increase in neglected dogs.