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Giving Hope the four-month-old pittie puppy a new chance at life

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Meet tiny little Hope, who in her barely four-months of life, has more than likely never had a day when she wasn't in excruciating pain from a bacterial skin infection of sores that oozed and bled whenever she was touched; her body devoid of any fur because of the severe mange.

And to make matters worse, whoever neglected her since birth, dumped her off at a high kill Clayton County Georgia animal shelter. Tragically county shelters rarely have any funding to treat abandoned pets, and so their fates are sealed; the dogs are slated for euthanasia.

This shelter still uses the controversial heart stick euthanasia to end the lives of the unlucky ones who have not been adopted or sent to foster homes or rescues. The intracardiac injection, which commonly uses sodium pentobarbital, is considered inhumane by the American Medical Veterinary Association unless the animal is heavily sedated, or unconscious.

In the best case scenario, the syringe is injected into the chest wall of a sedated animal, however in the worst cases, the technician misses the chest wall and without sedation punctures the animal's lung or surrounding sensitive tissue. Death is agonizing.

Fortunately, at the last possible moment, Second Chance Rescue located in Whitestone, N.Y. and specialize in the rescue of abused and neglected pit bull terriers saved little Hope's life.

With a wagging tail and a sweet disposition, Hope was immediately swept over to the veterinarian hospital for treatment. At this time, her prognosis seems guarded. The Hendrickboards.com has partnered with Second Chance Rescue to help raise donations for Hope's care.

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