A sweet nine-year-old Great Dane named Dana is in critical care at a Monticello, Ga. animal hospital after her former owners moved and abandoned her and another Great Dane. The dogs were left outdoors with little food, shelter, or care.
Sadly Dana's condition is critical, but according to Noah's Arks Rescue, a non profit organization that supplies emergency medical, surgical, and rehabilitation to abused animals, the group has stepped up to help because Dana has the fight in her to survive.
Brought into emergency care with a huge tumor on her back leg, veterinarians have decided to remove the leg tumor while doing everything possible to save Dana's leg. Great Danes, because of their size and optimum weights do not normally adapt well to having only three legs. The tumor tested as a low grade cancerous mass leaving Dana with a 50% chance of recovery.
A smaller tumor on her mammary gland will also be removed once Dana has gained back some weight and strength.
Although this loveable dog is scared at the veterinarian hospital, her rescuers describe her as taking all of her treatments in stride and enjoying all of the attention. While Great Danes traditionally have short life spans, most feel that Dana has many more years of living to do.
In exchange for relinquishing all rights to both dogs, authorities have agreed not to pursue animal cruelty charges, thus bringing up questions about owner responsibility. On the Facebook page of Noah's Arks Rescue a poster commented:
"There should be a national database of people who have abused animals. Not that that would stop most people really. But at least vets, shelters and rescues could check it and maybe do something about it when it comes to these people ever owning an animal again. But I agree, the bartering needs to stop. People need to pay for their crimes against other living beings with no downplay for it being an animal."
In the meantime, Dana continues to eat small meals, her severe skin infection is being attended to gently, and a dog so severely neglected is beginning to feel the outpouring of animal lovers everywhere as her story spreads through social media.
"Perhaps one day, the courts will take animal cruelty cases like Dana's more seriously since we all know the correlation between animal cruelty and the treatment of other humans run parallel to each other," stated Melinda Hokes of San Francisco. "There's no time like the present to start prosecuting animal abusers - whether first time or third time; these are the people who need help and even more, these are the helpless animals who didn't deserve such neglect."
If you would like to help Dana, please click on the special fund through Noah's Arks Rescue.
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