A new horrifying story has emerged from the cells at Miami Dade Animal Shelter. A beautiful dog named Broklin arrived at the shelter on December 8 in good health. On December 22, the vet notes indicate he was still healthy. Something happened between that date and December 31 when he is listed as injured. He may have had a laceration on his leg upon arrival, but volunteers think he was involved in a dog fight at the shelter. What happened next is so horrible, it defies belief.
Understand that the Miami Dade shelter is proud of the fact that the have a full-time vet who works there caring for the dogs. This vet, or another medical staff member, decided to put a cast on Broklin’s injury — whatever it was. The volunteer who ultimately rescued Broklin believes that the staff at the shelter saw him licking it, so they put a cast-like bandage on it. Nothing else was done for the injury (she believes). The cast remained on his leg, and it appears no appropriate measures were taken to clean the injury or provide antibiotics to keep it from getting infected. The results of the care (or lack thereof) are apparent in the photos.
She wrote on her Facebook page:
NOTHING was done for him! He laid there in the heat with this bandage on while the infection ate away all his tissue right down to the bone. So today I asked the Doctor to please do whatever he can to save his leg. Amputation was suggested, but in my heart, I feel Broklin deserves a chance. Please help him, please. It is going to be a lengthy process if we see tissue regrowth. The Dr. can’t close the wound as there is no tissue to stitch. I asked to please try to get infection gone and if they start to see tissue growing they will start laser treatment as early as Friday.”
She goes on to state that the shelter had scheduled Broklin to be killed at 4:30 on the day she pulled him from there. She is determined to save his leg. Broklin also has an upper respiratory infection from being at the shelter, so surgery is riskier than it might otherwise have been.
Why is she so sure that it’s the shelter at fault? The pictures are pretty indefensible. No dog should be at a shelter with a leg that looks like his. And if the shelter was aware of the advanced state of decay or injury to the leg, why wasn’t this dog receiving more treatment than a cast? Why wasn’t the shelter sending out pleas for rescues to step up and get this dog proper medical care and treatment?
Link to page with picture of Brooklin when he first arrived at MDAS. Link to picture of Brooklin with cast — the treatment that ultimately will lead to his losing his leg and the horrible infection that ravaged his leg. Link to very graphic picture of what was underneath the cast.
For those who wish to make donations for Broklin’s care, Kathy1117@frontiernet.net is the paypal account for donations.
In light of the previous article, “Miami Dade Animal Services kills “aggressive” dogs, but are they aggressive?” it’s interesting to note that killing dogs who are very ill or injured also does not count toward “no-kill” numbers. So if the shelter had killed Broklin at 4:30 as they intended to do, his death would probably not have been considered the killing of an adoptable dog. Tragic. Playing with dogs’ lives to work the numbers is NOT what a shelter should be about. Read more about this practice at this link.
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