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    Hi all,

    This may be very distressing for some...

    If general is not the appropriate place for this feel free to move to rescue, i thought more people will see this here....

    This little fellow was picked up as a stray on Friday and impounded. He is unchipped and in appauling condition.

    His age on entering the pound due to his physical condition was put at 17.

    His teeth tell another story as i discovered....around 7 years of age.

    This little boy upon entry was emaciated, dispondent and being eaten alive by fleas.

    He has been named "Francis" after St Francis of Assisi...the patron saint of animals. 'Jude' was considered too...the patron saint of impossible tasks, and
    "Gabriel" after Arch angel Gabriel.

    Another volunteer and i bathed this little boy three times while the water turned red and fleas ran across his eyes, in his ears and up his nose.

    I was so concerned about his welfare and the stress he was under we stopped bathing, wrapped him in towels in the sun and hand removed the matting and fleas from his skin. He was capstared, advantixed 3 times and bathed but still they swarmed.....I wormed him the following day. Yesterday he developed an eye infection and he has an ear infection as well. (he is recieving treatment for this)

    Francis remains dispondant though has improved slightly in his responses and is obviously much more comfortable. He is eating special food as well and very cosy.

    If Francis (and I) are lucky, he may be able to be released under duty of care a day earlier than his due date (Friday)

    I have seen one other dog this dispondant, though she was in much better physical condition. We adopted Daisy ourselves and while she remained curled in a tiny ball for three months in distress you should see her now!

    What are your thoughts? keeping in mind there are many younger, healthy and rehomeable dogs also in dire need...

    B

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    Here is Francis...

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    Oh the poor , poor little man

    Seriously , some people just shouldn't be allowed to steal oxygen

    As to what I would do.....geeze , tough one really .
    I guess it would depend on his overall health . As in not just fleas etc.
    How is his immune system and is there an underlying illness that is making him so low and even perhaps contributing to the weight loss.

    Being 7 as well would make me think twice...as in , this poor lad has had to deal with enough , more than any living creature should ever have to and perhaps giving him his wings and setting his paws on the path to the Rainbow Bridge is the kindest thing you , as a carer , can do .

    Now having said that no-one will be able to really weigh things up and judge what is ultimately best for him.
    Sadly only you are able to do that

    Whatever you decide you have my support .
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    That really is such a sad story and far to common. I really dont know what you should do, thats such a hard choice to make. Best of luck with whatever you decide.

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    Omg that poor darl!
    I know a lot of people that are a sucker for a sad story but at the same time I know that even though I would love to give a dog like him a great home, I just couldn't afford to.
    Its a big responsibility to take on a dog in that condition.
    Its such a had decision to make. I couldn't tell you what I would do...

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    What would I do?
    I'd fight for him til the end. But I don't think his end is so close. Yes, he is in a very poor condition, but he deserves a chance. 7 years is not such old age, and being a terrier cross (I'm quite sure he is) he could be long lived. All he needs is lots of TLC and a good home when he recovers a bit.
    Try sending chain mails with his story around and finding home for him this way, it worked for me when I was re-homing. I am sure there are sympathetic people around that may have some space in their lives for him.
    I hope he finds a good home, he deserves it oor thing

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    Hi Guys,

    Thanks so much for your thoughts...

    Rescued With Love is going to take this little man and i will let you know how he is getting along.

    It is very hard to know if there are any underlying health concerns at this stage or if he is simply suffering from long term neglect. He is desexed which is good as testicular cancer is common in older males. Heartworm concerns us.....amongst other things.

    Pts was my first thought upon seeing him come in, but once i laid my hands on him, checked his teeth and gums, bathed him etc i felt compelled to help him.

    He will go straight from the pound with me to my vet and we will take it one step at a time.

    There are a few ways this can go but either way he wont die alone in a pound
    If he is pain free and comfortable, a week in a loving home, being nurtured and cherished before he is pts in my arms at home, we will have done a great thing for Francis. Sometimes the kindest thing you can do if offer a humane and dignified death

    It does raise questions though, as there are so many in desperate need.

    Rescued with love will not walk away from Francis in his time of greatest need. There is a chance this little boy will recover and lead a wonderfully rewarding, happy life. We have seen it happen before.

    As for the owners, I have no words...except that Karma works three fold.

    Keep the opinions coming! I am interested in your thoughts

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    Last edited by Billy; 02-25-2009 at 06:33 AM. Reason: spelling...as usual!

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    Thanks Federa,

    Yes we are fighting for this little man, and he will have every possible need met.

    All his immediate needs are being addressed at the pound, I am visiting him daily and the staff are really outstanding in their care and concern.

    Francis certainly does not have the teeth of a 17 year old so the majority of his shocking physical condition is long term neglect more than likely.

    Rehoming Francis will be the easy part and he will have the home of his dreams

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy View Post
    If he is pain free and comfortable, a week in a loving home, being nurtured and cherished before he is pts in my arms at home, we will have done a great thing for Francis. Sometimes the kindest thing you can do if offer a humane and dignified death
    Billy, I don't understand this bit. Why making him comfy, and all that just to put him to sleep??? If he's not in pain, and if there's a chance (and there is, I really do believe there is as I have never given up on such cases)? I am really against euthanising before I am sure there's nothing in a world that I can do to make an animal feel better (meaning animal is terminally ill and in great pain without any chance of recovery). The fact that there are many other younger, prettier animals just don't do it for me! Every single creature deserves a fair chance, deserves a life, we recently rehomed a 12 year old GSD, half blind, no teeth, in really really poor condition, family took him in knowing he won't go for much longer, but they gave him a chance of few months living like a king, making it up for time when he had lived in misery. Please don't find me judgemental, I'm just oversensitive for such cases. Shit I hate some people some times.
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    Hi Federa,

    Sorry i have worded that badly...it's confusing!

    The comment you have quoted will only apply if he is terminally ill.

    We are thinking positively and hope for a full recovery as we have seen this before.

    We won't know what we are dealing with until he meets the vet...

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