Acts of cruelty towards man’s best friend vary in the gruesome spectrum of pain. At Stray Rescue, we see the worst in mankind, and thankfully, also the best. This current case of a special dog we named Pazzo demonstrates both. I feel it is necessary to tell their stories, even the sad graphic ones, for they have no voice, and most of the time they only have minimal rights in what can be a brutal society.
As they have done in the past, the U.S. Marshalls called Stray Rescue on March 27th to alert us of a felony arrest which also involved a chained dog owned by the felon criminal. They also told us about another injured dog nearby. That injured soul was Pazzo. What he had to endure for such a lengthy time brought tears to our eyes and determination in our hearts to get him to safety and help him at Stray Rescue.
Pazzo is a 2 year old Border Collie mix. He was purposely knotted at the back of the waist and genitals with a rope that he was forced to endure. He was suffering excruciating pain and severe infection which would have eventually caused a slow and very painful death. The rope was placed and tied so tightly that it was embedded deeply into his waist. Even us seasoned rescuers were in shock at what we saw.
The death cord was also tied so constricting that it cut into his prepuce (penis sheath), cutting it in half. Upon arrival to our trauma center, he went straight into surgery. Our Dr. Sullivan had his work cut out from suturing the waist line together, severe infection and reconstructive surgery….reconstructing everything. He will likely need 2 more surgeries. And to make matters worse, the poor guy also has heartworm disease.
This crime took place in North St. Louis in the Baden neighborhood near Christian Avenue. Anyone with information is asked to call Stray Rescue at 314-771-6121 ext. 255 to help us find the abuser. A reward will be offered.
I visited with Pazzo yesterday, and we went for a walk. He is such a sweet, gentle, forgiving dog soul. I feel that the nicer the dog, sometimes the easier they fall prey to be victimized. He is so trusting, even after all he has endured and continues to go through on his road to recovery.
My plea to you is to help us find the abuser and help us afford his medical treatment which will be very expensive. Funds are running alarmingly and dangerously low, and we definitely need your help and support right now.
Please donate TODAY to the Sidney Strum Animal Abuse Fund to help us stop this senseless cruelty and to help us continue making a difference in the community for our four-legged friends and those who love them.
Love and Woof,
Special thanks to the U.S. Marshalls, Donna, Darrell, Dr. Sullivan and his vet team.