Paralyzed Dog Abandoned At Dumpster Never Thought Anyone Would Find Her


When someone found Susanna, she almost completely gave up hope.

A young dog thrown by its owner into a notorious Florida landfill has been found barely moving, huddled near a landfill. He was malnourished, exhausted, covered with lice and ticks.

He could not raise his head or walk.

Local animal rescuer Isabel Zapata frequently searches these areas for lost pets, and it was then that she met poor Susanna in early May.

He called the Gulfstream Guardian Angels Rottweiler Rescue, and the group immediately agreed to take him in.

“Animals are usually thrown there to die,” Rescue Board member Lori Cardon told The Dodo. “It’s a very dangerous place because a lot of trucks go through it at high speed. It’s just heartbreaking. “So many people can’t do it.”

Since Susanna could not walk, Zapata and the others picked her up on the tarpaulin to put on their truck. He was in such bad shape, but he was finally safe.

Rescuers rushed Susanna to a nearby animal hospital, where she was given fluids and a blood test. He wished he was paralyzed, no one knew why. It was not clear when he would be able to walk.

After a few more days of testing, after Susanna stabilized, rescuers took her to Clint Moore Animal Hospital in Boca Raton.

As they passed her tests and files, they slowly began to unite the heartbreaking details of Susanna’s past.

He had no back problems, none of his bones were broken, but he could not walk because of what people probably did to him.

“He had some arthritic deformities in his legs that make us think he was just stuffed into a box from a puppy age,” Cardon said.

“He probably spent most of his life there, used for breeding. And when the breeders finish the work of the dogs, they just throw them away. ”

Three-year-old Susanna had already gone through so much, but it was clear that she was ready to fight for her life.

“The first time I saw him, he raised his head and licked my face,” Cardon said. “I said. “Here it is. This girl wants to live. We were going to do everything to make him go again. ”

The rescue team and the veterinary staff worked together on a recovery plan. They gave him quality food to help him gain weight, and when he was ready, he would start physical therapy.

He also needed painkillers to relieve his weak muscles and bones.

With a lot of good food and love, Susanna started to gather energy. Just a week after being rescued, a team of veterinarians took Susanna out of the rehabilitation pool to have her leg examined.

He started walking through the water.

“We were all in tears,” Cardon said. “It was such a relief.”

Knowing that Susanna wanted to move, her veterinarians advised her to go out to the pool often to stretch or walk.

The light had returned to his eyes, he had started wagging his tail at everyone he met.

He was healing, and it was clear that he loved people in spite of everything he had gone through.

“She’s just so happy,” Cardon said. “For the first time in his life, he feels this way.”

Thanks to more laser treatments, water therapy, to continue to alleviate leg pain, to gain strength, Susanna continued to improve steadily.

Now, more than a month after he was found in the landfill, he is finally strong enough to begin to meet and play gently with other dogs. He loves them all.

He also recently discovered how much fun it is to walk on the grass, something he could never have done without the help of his rescuers and veterinarians.

Seeing how far Susanna has come, Cardon is excited for the day when she will be ready to adopt a loving home.

Until then, he will continue to enjoy Susanna’s amazing spirit, which seems to illuminate every room she enters.

“He really testifies to his breed,” Cardon said. “She is strong, determined, brave, but she is so sweet and loving. “He has a Rottweiler heart, that’s for sure.”

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