Lotus, the German shepherd who chewed off her own foot in a desperate attempt to live, passed away on Saturday evening.
Janice Wolf, of Rocky Ridge Refuge, posted the sorrowful news to her Facebook followers on Sunday morning:
Folks, it is with profound sadness that I must report that sweet Lotus passed away yesterday evening. She had been in good spirits until Saturday morning when she broke with a sudden, severe upper respiratory illness.
Because her immune system was so suppressed by the treatment for her Hemolytic Anemia, the virus ravaged her body rapidly and she had nothing to fight it with. Because she came from Fort Worth Animal Control, where URI and Distemper is rampant, we have already done what is necessary to test for this deadly virus that may well have claimed her life, just as it did Daniel's earlier this year.
The fact that the Hemolytic Anemia was likely caused by the shelter giving her all her vaccinations when she was critically ill, (vet and I agree on this) and then she succumbs to the URI that hits her 7 days from being pulled from there (normal incubation period for the virus), makes her death especially hard to bear...the cruelty and injury she suffered didn't kill her, the shelter exposure/protocol did.
Lotus is one of several German shepherds from the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, area who have been found missing their rear, left foot.
Why these disturbing cases continue to turn up remains a mystery.
Prior story on Lotus here.
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