A severely neglected dog was found abandoned in Dorchester, Mass. on October 2, 2013. The estimated 9 year old female was barely recognizable as a dog, with fur so overgrown and matted she could not even walk.
The dog, now named Petunia, was emaciated, blinded from disease, covered in urine and feces, and had nails that were “grotesquely overgrown.” Petunia needed surgery to have her eyes removed, as well as multiple tumors removed from her chest. She was believed to have been dumped by her owner but she had no identification. Blind and unable to walk, the helpless dog was rescued by a good Samaritan and brought to the MSPCA.
Dr. Cindi Cox, veterinarian at the MSPCA adoption center stated: “This is one of the most severe cases of neglect I’ve seen. The condition of Petunia’s fur, nails and overall health tells me she was likely confined to a small crate for years, unable to move freely and covered in her own feces and urine.”
Petunia expressed love and friendliness toward the veterinary team, regained weight, had successful surgery and was adopted by one of the adoption center staff, Katie Armour. “I was struck by Petunia’s incredible will to live and, having played a role in getting her past the worst of her health issues, I knew I had to take her home.”
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