On Saturday morning, the intake photo of a dachshund left outside of a South Florida shelter was heartbreaking. The dog could not stand and was covered in bite marks. Because of his severe injuries, the community shelter reached out for an emergency rescue.
“He had until 4:00 pm to find rescue,” the Dachshund Rescue South Florida posted on their Facebookpage. “We could not leave him behind, and our hearts broke even more when we understood what likely caused his wounds.”
The dachshund’s tragic story unfolded as Dachshund Rescue South Florida’s volunteers arrived at the shelter. They were whisked to the back of the shelter, and there they found the “motionless bundle wrapped in a towel in a cage.” He had been named Mandela, after a fighter who had become a symbol.
They carefully placed his limp body into a laundry basket and rushed him to the Leader Animal Specialty Hospital where staff had been waiting for the emergency arrival. Mandela picked his head up twice during the trip; never uttering a sound or a complaint.
“His fur was grimy to the touch, and his body was covered with scabs and scrapes and small open wounds; his face looked like it was swollen. The wounds told a story, but we didn’t know what that story was and why the injuries would be all over vs. one localized area,” Pam, the president of the rescue organization explained to animal advocates following the dog’s arrival at the veterinarian hospital.
Mandela had been a bait dog, and is currently being evaluated to determine the extent of his injuries. He is being treated with pain medication, wound care and antibiotics.
Check out his short video:
<3 He was found outside the shelter this AM in a box after being left overnight. He couldn't stand and is covered in injuries. He had until 4 PM to find rescue. We could not leave him behind and our hearts broke even more when we understood what likely caused his wounds. Will you help us help Mandela at his FundRazr at https://fundrazr.com/01Kr7e?ref=ab_616GO0 or via Goodworld by commenting #donate + dollar amount below?Read on for more of Mandela's story, rescue, and condition…His intake photo was heartbreaking, but the words that came with it even more so…."Pet was left outside shelter in a cardboard box". He presented not able to stand, body covered in injuries and contusions, and someone, someone who walks among us in society, had discarded him at some point overnight in a cardboard box outside the shelter, alone, and injured in the cold. He was a medical rescue and had until 4PM to find rescue. As soon as our Intake Coordinator saw him, we placed our hold and a transport was headed south to get him.When our driver arrived at the shelter, they were whisked to the back, and were led to a motionless bundle wrapped in a towel, in a cage.. He had been renamed Mandela, the name of a fighter, but we had no idea how prophetic that would prove to be.The Rescue Office team member placed his limp body gently in the laundry basket and they were off, headed back north to Leader Animal Specialty Hospital, who was on standby awaiting the transport's arrival. His fur was grimy to the touch, and his body was covered with scabs and scrapes and small open wounds, his face looked like it was swollen. The wounds told a story, but we didn't know what that story was and why the injuries would be all over vs. one localized area. Mandela rode to Broward without a sound, picking up his head only twice and upon arrival at LeadER, he was taken right to triage, to start his rescue journey and we hoped we were not too late.President Pam arrived a few minutes after and met with Dr. Sheldon, assessing Mandela, and after seeing it before, Dr. Sheldon was able to make a likely guess as to the story of Mandela's injuries….he had likely been a bait dog.Pam loved on him, and hugged him, and told him everything was going to be ok, and Mandela was started on pain meds, x-rays to evaluate why he can't stand, wound care, antibiotics and bloodwork.We are back again, to ask you to create a miracle and give hope and love where only a few short hours ago there was pain, cold, and loneliness. Will you help us help Mandela?
Posted by Dachshund Rescue South Florida on Saturday, March 10, 2018