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Unlucky senior dog 'Lucky' leaves animal control facility

Lionel's Legacy

Update 2/19/14: Lionel's Legacy has confirmed that the ailing senior has been humanely euthanized. The rescue agency shared the following update on 2/17:

Tonight, surrounded by loving friends, we said goodbye to our sweet old Lucky. Making this decision is always hard but with confirmation from both our vets we realized it was the most humane thing to do for Lucky. Lucky has suffered and to keep him going would have only prolonged his suffering. The word "rescue" means to set free or save from danger or imprisonment and that is exactly what we did for Lucky this evening. Lucky is no longer a prisoner to his pain and neglectful life.

The tides have turned for Lucky, the 12-year-old pit bull who was left at the Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control facility in Baldwin Park, Calif., by his owner on January 29.

On Thursday, the elderly dog was pulled from the facility thanks to a joint effort from multiple rescuers.

The rescue agency, Lionel's Legacy, posted the following update to their Facebook page yesterday:

Lucky made it safely from Baldwin Park shelter down to San Diego today thanks to an incredible village of rescue peeps. Thanks to Labradors and Friends for helping us pull Lucky, Trang and Daphne for helping with transport, and to our foster Dyan. Lucky would not be out if not for all of these wonderful people.

Unfortunately, despite the wonderful rescue effort which freed Lucky from the animal control facility, there is bad news...Lionel's Legacy explained:

Lucky's prognosis is not good. He has multiple bleeding masses on his belly and in his mouth and at this point surgery isn't an option considering the multiple infections and overall health. So, we will give him some love, watch him closely, care for his wounds, and treat infection and pain for now and re-evaluate daily.

Lucky's health may be poor, but he will not suffer alone in a drab kennel run - he will know kindness, love and care until he draws his last breath.

Donations towards Lucky's care can be made at this link.

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