Heaven, a beagle, is completely unrecognizable by her breed. The sad-eyed, wrinkle-skinned, fur-less dog is a pitiful shadow of the dog that she should be, thanks to the deplorable conditions that she has been forced to exist in.
Heaven is one of 23 dogs who were recently rescued from a hoarder who was living in a filth-laden trailer in Fleming County, Ky.
The dogs were seized on Sept. 18 after the Fleming county Sheriff contacted Tim Stamper at Fleming Regional Animal Care and Surgical Center to see if anyone could assist with the suffering dogs who were inside of the hoarder's residence.
Though already full with other dogs in need of new homes, the rescue agency, STAR - Saving the Animals of Rowan, agreed to step forward to provide for the neglected, sickly dogs who were being seized from the hoarder.
Julie Sharp, Vice President of STAR, spoke of the extreme neglect the seized dogs had endured:
Heaven is the most tortured and abused dog I have ever seen in all my years of animal activism and rescue. I have seen horrible things many times.
I cannot shake what has happened to Heaven or the other dogs that were seized with her. This case has deeply affected all of us involved. I don't think any of us will ever be the same again.
Today, the rescue agency is scrambling to help provide for the dogs who are suffering from a slew of maladies stemming from their lifelong neglect.
Nearly every dog seized is in desperate need of dental work, all are suffering from skin conditions and many have required x-rays and other, expensive, veterinary care.
STAR volunteers are hopeful that others will step forward to assist them with providing all that is necessary to give these long-neglected dogs, who have endured unimaginable living conditions for far too long, all that is needed in order for them to have the hope of a normal, healthy future.
Read more about how you can help at this fundraising link.
Inquiries can be directed to: STAR.firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow STAR on Facebook at this link.
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