An anonymous tip led Henry County Animal Control to the rescue of Rumor, a three year old terrier mix, that was days from starvation in a lot with no food or water. Her only shelter was a dilapidated dog house.
When animal control seized Rumor she was in very poor condition. She weighed only 34 pounds and had ulcers all over her body.
You could see her spinal column, ribcage, and even the plates of her skull. This poor dog looked completely miserable, and despite it all, she never let her abandonment break her spirit.
Animal Control was able to press charges against Rumor’s owner and during the trial her owner pled guilty to animal cruelty.
This is a victory for Rumor, but she is still overcoming the internal battle she is having with her own body. The severe emaciation is taking time to combat, and the ulcers are so deep that her body is having a difficult time mending itself.
She currently is with the SPCA of Martinsville-Henry County where she is receiving proper nourishment, medical attention, and most of all Rumor is getting the love she deserves.
Though she has been neglected and starved, Rumor is still eager for love and attention. A person’s gentle touch causes Rumor’s eyes to light up, and while your hand may feel every bone beneath her very thin skin it is easy to look into her eyes and see the healthy dog she once was and will become once again.
The uphill battle is easy to take on when there are animals like Rumor waiting to be saved.
With your help the SPCA of Martinsville-Henry County can continue to save animals that are being mistreated. “Taking care of our animals is a whole community job. It takes all of us to ensure they’re well taken care of,” explained Leslie Hervey executive director of the SPCA of Martinsville-Henry County.
A donation to the SPCA Angel Fund also helps with the much needed medical attention of animals like Rumor when they begin their rehabilitation process.