MISHAWAKA - Pet Refuge in Mishawaka says it's one of the worst cases of animal neglect it has seen. It took in a dog that is just skin and bones and can barely walk.
It is something we should never have to see. On Friday afternoon, Pet Refuge took in a black lab found wandering at a local park.
Among other things, it had problems walking. The dog, now called Rose, had in-grown toenails — ten had to be cut.
“When they're not cut, they actually grow out and curl around and back into the pad, and she probably had a good half inch of nail that had grown into the pad area,” said Bonnie Richardson with Pet Refuge. “It had to have been very painful for her to even try to walk.”
Rose is nearly skin and bones, and has lost of lot of muscle tone. Normally she should weigh around 50 pounds, but she weighed 25 pounds when brought in.
“We discovered she is very thin and probably has not had a meal in quite some time, or has not had a good meal...a starving dog, which is very sad,” Richardson said.
Because her stomach shrank so much, they could only give her an IV with fluids, along with antibiotics.
The Pet Refuge depends on donations of food and supplies to help animals like Rose. Right now their cupboards are almost bare, and they could use your help.
“This is what donations go towards,” Richardson said. We will always help animals like this in need, and we always need the support of the community, whether food or cash donations.
Vets will give Rose a complete exam with x-rays and blood work on Monday to find out what condition she is in and come up with a plan for her recovery.
2300 W 6th St
Mishawaka, IN 46544-1538