Homeless Dog Rescued From The Freezing Winter Of Turkish Landfill Is Recovering While Rescuers Labour To Save 800 More Dogs Facing The Same Fate
January 24, 2019 14:13 By Mambee
‘Hard-time’ is an understatement when describing what several abandoned animals go through on a daily basis. They are left to wander around and scavenge in search of food and shelter in the most horrible places.
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The landfills of Turkey are one of the favorite places for hundreds of homeless dogs to gather. Despite the degrading state of the ‘dirt lands,’ it offers them a source of food from the waste.
However, beyond the food, these abandoned places are a death trap and they become inhospitable as winter comes in.
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The Turkish rescue group called Animal Without Borders, aware of this fact, decided to help out and the results were extremely heart-wrenching.
On one of their rescue missions, members of the crew came across a Kangal shepherd; the 8-year-old dog was named Kratos.
He was in the most dreadful state possible. He had his fur falling off, and was so thin that all his ribs could be seen.
They found him cuddled up in a shallow pit in the middle of the wasteland, looking hopeless.
Fortunately, they got to him before things got worse. The poor dog was taken in by the rescue organization and is currently recovering.
However, his story is just the tip of the iceberg. There are hundreds of others like him.
The co-founder of Rescuers Without Borders, Crystal Carson, revealed to Caters that about 800 dogs are facing a similar predicament.
“Kratos is just one of over 800 dogs that call the landfill in Corum Turkey home.”
Crystal took to Facebook to appeal to members of the public for help for these animals. After describing the horrible pain they go through, and the emotional ache that follows the rescuers afterward, she added:
“I am pleading with each person who reads this post… please donate if you can, and if not, please share our posts!”
She also disclosed that it cost between $800 to $2000 to take care of a single dog, an amount the organization struggles to achieve.
How about ‘at home’?
The harsh conditions of winter are not restricted to homeless dogs alone. It can also affect household pets as well. If left unchecked, it is a severe threat to the health of the animal.
Here are some cold weather pet safety tips to help:
1. Be conscious of the environment when dealing with your dogs;
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2. Restrict their movement to inside the house alone in harsh weather conditions.
In severe cases such as hypothermia or frostbite, symptoms could include problems with breath, shivering and weakness. In these conditions, you must provide your pet with as much warmth as possible, using blankets and other means.
An immediate visit to a vet should follow.
Saving Kratos from his horrible fate meant a lot, but it is overshadowed by hundreds of others like him that won't be so fortunate. There is no doubt that more effort from everyone is needed to bring an end to the problem.