Carmen Klapper of "Carmen's Rescue" in Greenville, SC is no stranger to the hard work and heartbreak of animal rescue. She works day in and day out rescuing dogs from the streets or from undesirable home lives under negligent owners. She has successfully taken many dogs from hellish living conditions and vetted and rehabilitated them to the point that they can be adopted again.
Recently she received a call from a female named Danielle Baker who told her a very distressing story of a dog named Ginger that she discovered accidentally.
Danielle was told about Ginger when a friend of hers rescued some puppies in the middle of the road. Danielle did a follow up at the home where Ginger was housed and was almost in tears the minute she saw her. She was emaciated to the point she could see every bone in her body, covered with fleas and was missing patches of fur. Her remaining fur was so dirty and matted to the point it was touching the ground. She had visible sores and she looked downright miserable.
Her only source of water was filthy dirty black water and the supposed food dish was an empty skillet next to the water bowl. Trash littered the entire area. This was no healthy environment for a dog to live in.
When Danielle asked where the dog's food was he stated he would have to go find it. There was no telling when her last meal was. To further add to her misery Ginger was tangled up in a 3 foot rope connected to a dog house at the property line. It was muddy, and had pizza boxes everywhere. Danielle resolved at that moment she could not leave Ginger there one more day. The owner advised Danielle the dog had been living outside in these horrific conditions for three years.
This poor little girl has had 4 litters of puppies. She was a breeding machine to all the dogs in the neighborhood. Danielle asked the owner if he would let her have her and he said "We don't want her anymore." He surrendered her and put Ginger in Danielle's car.
Danielle stopped by the Wade Hampton Vet's Office on the way home. There it was discovered that Ginger was in really bad physical shape. Her nails were so long, they were turning her paws to the side. Her tail was covered with matted fur that had to be shaved off. She was covered in fleas and was immediately treated. She had Sarcoptic Mange and was scratching and chewing herself raw to the point of bleeding. She tested positive for Heartworms and will need treatment for this as well.
Through all of this, sweet Ginger just kept showering Danielle with lots of kisses. She was thanking her savior for rescuing her from that nightmarish existence. For the first time in her short life, someone was taking the time to show Ginger kindness and relieving her from the physical and emotional pain she had endured.
Danielle contacted Carmen Klapper knowing her dedication and work with hardship cases. Together they are working on getting Ginger the care she needs but it will not be quick or easy.
Ginger's vet bill will be around $ 700 for spay , vaccine , 2-3 dips for the sarcoptic mange, and heartworm treatment. These are just the basics to start with. Danielle and Carmen have a long way to go to undo the damage 3 years of neglect has done to this dog.
If you would like to help Ginger, please visit her page at; http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/ginger-was-used-as-a-breeding-machine-/102079.
Help Carmen and Danielle give this precious girl a second chance to live a life she deserves. They are the unsung heroes among us.