It’s hard to imagine that anyone would go out of their way to intentionally hurt man’s best friend. And yet, we hear heartbreaking stories all the time. For many of these dogs, life can be hard with tragic endings.
When one person did not want their sick, senior dog any longer, they stuffed the poor thing, bleeding with a huge tumor on its tail, into a garbage bag and dropped it off at the pound. That could have been a tragic end to this poor dog’s story.
But luckily for her, a few humans decided to step up and give her the love she totally deserved from the start.
When shelter staff went to inspect this dog, they made a gruesome discovery.
Earlier this year, Carson Animal Shelter in Gardena, CA, received a heartbreaking delivery. A person had entered the shelter carrying a dog in a black garbage bag. They dumped her on the floor, and after exchanging a few words with shelter staff, the person promptly left.
“Blackie was surrendered because she was bleeding all over,” Kelly Smíšek, executive director of Frosted Faces Foundation, a rescue group based in San Diego, according to The Dodo.
The 10-year-old Blackie had a large tumorous growth on her tail, the source of the blood.
Though not in critical condition, it was clear that the tumor caused the dog significant pain. So, Carson Animal Shelter staff put Blackie in the medical ward of the animal shelter, and then they uploaded a video with Blackie’s story on social media.
Generally, senior dogs have a tougher time getting adopted—injured or sick dogs, even more so. Blackie’s future prospects did not seem good.
But thankfully, the dog would not be there for long. Frosted Faces Foundation, a group dedicated to caring for abandoned senior animals, saw the video and picked her up right away.
Despite all she went through, Blackie was still a friendly dog.
“She is eager to please, curious and quickly finds her human’s side in times of uncertainty,” Smíšek said according to The Dodo. “But you can tell that her love has not been reciprocated for a long time.”
The staff at Frosted Faces Foundation did their best to love and nurture the abused dog. They groomed her and gave her the medical attention she needed.
The transformation was incredible. Blackie came out of her shell in a big way and started to act like a happy dog, perhaps for the first time in her life.
As luck would have it, another miracle happened. Blackie got a new home, new siblings, and a new name!
“Blackie, the dog surrendered in a trash bag to Carson Shelter, is doing well in her new home,” the Frosted Faces Foundation wrote on its Facebook page. “Her new name is Betty and she fits right in perfectly and her family said they love her already!”
Thankfully, Blackie—er—Betty’s story had a happy ending. But not all dogs are so lucky. They rely on us for everything and love us unconditionally. That is why it is so important to take care of them and be kind to them.
Fortunately, Betty managed to find a family, and the good folks at the Frosted Faces Foundation are still out there working hard to take care of our senior dogs.