It was a horrific sight.
Debbie Domenicucci, a seasoned animal rescue volunteer, couldn’t believe her eyes. On February 12, 2016, she went to the home of deceased dog foster, Annie Warren, to retrieve two dogs that Ms. Warren had been fostering for a local pit bull rescue, Crazy Pit Bull Lady – Pit Bull Rescue (“CPBL”) when she passed away.
What she found were three dogs, all emaciated and showing signs of neglect, one dog more so than the others. Ms. Warren had been killed in a car several days prior, on February 7, 2016. It is not known who was caring for the dogs in the interim.
“I saw, what I thought, was a small, brindle dog’s body lying in the sun. It was just a pile of bones. I immediately started crying. I thought the dog was dead,” says Ms. Domenicucci.
She called out, and the dog moved, thankfully, and two other dogs came around the corner of the house. They were very thin. The dog lying in the sun managed to get up and “hobbled over” to Ms. Domenicucci. Melody, the family friend that let Ms. Domenicucci onto the property, said the dog was Ms. Warren’s personal dog and her name was Lola. Lola, was apparently suffering from Valley Fever, and it is unclear as to whether Ms. Warren had been administering medication for Lola’s condition.
The two dogs being fostered by Ms. Warren for CPBL, Keelo and Chance, also appeared extremely neglected, although not as severely as Lola. “I could see their ribs, spines, and hips,” reports Ms. Domeniccuci. “These dogs had been neglected and starved for much longer than the Saturday before the foster was killed in a car accident. This was long term neglect, abuse, mistreatment and starvation.”
The three dogs were immediately taken to CPBL’s veterinary partner for care, and arrangements were made for Lola’s rescue – Pitty Paws Bully Rescue swooped in to aid Lola, and took her under their wings. Keelo and Chance were taken in by other CPBL fosters or boarded, and have recovered well. Chance is in boarding and looking for a forever or foster home, and we have been informed that Keelo has been adopted. If you can provide a loving foster home for Chance, please contact CPBL.
Lola, however, has a much longer road to recovery. Renamed Katara by her rescuers, she is fighting severe Valley Fever that has metastasized to her joints, and a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in one of her front legs, that cannot be addressed while the Valley Fever is attacking her frail body. She is currently taking Valley Fever meds, and the prognosis is very hopeful. Happily, under the tender loving care of a Pitty Paws foster, she is making other small inroads to recovery – she has gained over 15 pounds and is starting to fill out. Her foster says about sweet Katara, “I love to lay in the sun and I smile with ALL my teeth…I give great kisses and love to meet new friends…”
Her medical care estimates are in the thousands, and the small, but hardworking rescue could very much use the public’s assistance in making sure Katara, formerly known as Lola, gets the best shot at making a full recovery and finding a forever home worthy of her.
To donate to Katara’s medical care, visit Pitty Paws Bully Rescue’s website and donate via PayPal: http://www.pittypawsbullyrescue.com/help-out.html. They are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and donations are tax-deductible. To learn more about this rescue’s mission and to follow them on social media, visit:
To learn about Valley Fever in dogs: http://www.vfce.arizona.edu/ValleyFeverInPets/Default.aspx
To report animal abuse or neglect:
“As custodians of the planet it is our responsibility to deal with all species with kindness, love and compassion. That these animals suffer through human cruelty is beyond understanding. Please help to stop this madness.” ~Richard Gere