We have commented many times on the cruelty meted out to animals by owners who seem not to care. This story shows, once again, how distressing these incidents can be – and how wonderful it is that there are some people who do care and don’t give up until they have solved a problem.
Amparo, one of our foster carers (who we featured in a recent newsletter) was filling up her car in a service station when she noticed a vehicle with a blown-out tyre nearby. She saw there was a dog inside, and presumed the owner must be around seeking help. She asked in the service station if they knew anything about the vehicle or the owner, but they said they did not. She returned later the same day to find the vehicle still there, and the dog still inside.
The following day she went back again and still the car and the dog were there. The incident was then reported to the authorities: four days later, permission was given for the car to be opened. Whilst everyone around feared the dog would attack on being released, Amparo had no hesitation in offering quiet words and a gentle hand: in return she received a big lick from the poor dog (since named Carla) as she came out of the car. She was very thin with her ribs showing – and also very heavily pregnant. A local vet took a look at her and advised that the birth of the puppies was imminent. Within two days of rescue she gave birth to two healthy puppies.
Resulting from the abandonment of an animal, maltreatment, and no microchip or proof of ownership, the authorities were obliged to concede her to the care of an authorised Protectora: with Amparo’s loving attention, we are pleased to report that both mother and puppies are thriving. She is now under the care and auspices of PAWS-PATAS and, with luck, a new home will be found for both the very loving and affectionate Carla and her beautiful puppies.
Without people like Amparo around, the outcome for Carla and others like her would have been unthinkable. Thank goodness there are still many who care, and care deeply, for our animal friends.