All too often we deal with situations of alarming abuse and neglect, faced with the completely cruel disregard for helpless animals. Sometimes this cruelty is readily apparent, and sometimes it's lurking just below the surface waiting to be uncovered. This was the case with Chainey, a sweet boy whose fighting spirit and strength seems to know no bounds.
We received a call earlier in the week about a dog who had been roaming around in the cold near the Chain Of Rocks Bridge, North of downtown St. Louis City. The first time we responded, he was nowhere to be found. However, the very next day the same kindhearted resident spotted him again in the same area the rescue team had been looking. When we arrived, we could see fresh tracks in the snow. Walking back and forth along the guardrail, we were determined to get him.
Donna caught a glimpse of what appeared to be a black ear surfacing from the deep snow and a thicket of weeds. As she approached slowly, talking softly, up popped Chainey's head. Frightened and justifiably untrusting, he bolted. The team knew right away he would need to be trapped, but to their dismay he was nowhere in sight by the time they returned.
They set up the trap and baited it with some nice, hot cheeseburgers. Then they waited. It took only two minutes for the irresistible aroma to bring Chainey out of his hiding place. After a few circles around the trap, he went in with the door shutting behind him. Though obviously hungry and cold, it was impossible to know at that time the extreme pain he had been through.
Back at the Stray Rescue Trauma Center, Chainey, while shy, was clearly very loving. Then the vet team noticed a few strange wounds. Their fears were realized after x-rays were taken. Chainey was peppered literally from head to toe with metal from what looked to be a couple of shotgun blasts. Amazingly enough, unless there are any complications necessitating the removal of a specific piece of metal, Chainey should be able to live the love-filled life he deserves without surgery - his terrible past concealed by his sweet demeanor and tough body. He is currently on antibiotics and receiving treatment at Stray Rescue. Check out his shocking x-rays below...
The Stracks Fund, our emergency medical fund, requires $2,000,000 every year because of the severity of abuse and neglect we see. You can make a donation towards the medical care of those we rescue by clicking icon below.