It is a heartbreaking story that rescue groups say they are seeing all too often. A dog gets injured or ill, and the owner dumps the pet.
Love for Paws is caring for an injured puppy named Alma. A 7-year-old boy was out walking the Chihuahua but didn't have the dog on a leash. The dog got away and was struck by a vehicle. The upset boy ran to his mother for help.
"Mom came out and saw the dog and decided she didn't own the dog anymore," Love for Paws' Stephanie Henshaw said.
A witness who is involved in rescuing animals scooped up Alma and got the badly injured dog help.
"I'm surprised she's not dead," Henshaw said.
But she didn't die. And 10 days later, Alma is on the road to recovery and will eventually be able to be adopted by a truly forever home.
"She will make someone a really good pet," Henshaw said.
Unfortunately, Love for Paws is seeing this more and more.
"I got three calls in the last two weeks," she said.
A pet becomes injured or sick and the owners thinks they can't afford vet bills so they dump the animal.
"It becomes someone else's problem. In most cases, I would say once dumped, depending on the severity on injury, they will die," Henshaw said.
Before dumping an injured or ill dog, contact local shelters and rescue groups. Even during the toughest of times, dumping a dog doesn't need to happen.
To adopt Alma and other rescued dogs or make a donation to help Love for Paws care for injured and abandoned animals, click here.
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