Say No To Animal Abuse: Owner Brings 3 Shih Tzus To A Shelter To Be Euthanized, But The Dogs Ended Up Getting An Amazing Transformation Instead
January 23, 2019 18:27 By Mambee
Many pet owners often find themselves in situations where they are unable to continue caring for their animals. They often resort to neglect, mistreatment and abuse as a result. According to statistics reported by the RSPCA, 57 percent of animal abuse cases were dog-related.
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While speaking to Huffington Post, Dermot Murphy, Assistant Director for the Inspectorate, shed more light on these numbers. He explained that dogs are by far the most abused animals, followed by cats. Despite the fact that we consider these creatures 'man's best friend', the numbers by the RSPCA tell a completely different story.
Three Shih Tzus arrived at the Spokane Humane Society after being dropped off there by their owner, who could no longer care for them. The owner requested that the three dogs be euthanized because they had a tendency to bite.
But the staff at the Humane Society decided to do something else. They gave the Shih Tzus a makeover. In a video, which was shared on their Facebook page, the three dogs had overgrown fur that was severely matted.
The staff managed to shave 13 pounds of fur off them, a process which took several hours. Apart from that, they had to trim the dogs' nails, as they were very long and even curled at the tip. Their teeth also needed grooming.
It was pretty clear that the dogs' previous owner was not doing a good job of caring for them. The 11-year-old Shih Tzus got a bath and also had little infections treated.
Basically, by the time the staff at the Humane Society was done with dogs, they looked completely different. It was not just about their looks alone, either, but they became more bubbly and playful as well.
What can you do?
In the case of the dogs in this story, the owner knew enough to take them to a shelter after realizing they would not be well cared for otherwise. However, in many cases, some of these animals are ignored, neglected or mistreated in their homes, and there is no one to help them. That's where we, animal lovers, can intervene. There are several ways to get help for these animals, and you can start by having the contact information of these rescuers so you can call them as soon as you see an animal being hurt.
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- Humane Society of the United States Dog-Fighting Hotline: Call 1-877-TIP-HSUS to report dogfighting or cockfighting.
- Washington Humane Society Animal Cruelty Hotline: They respond to all cases of animal abuse and can be reached via 202-723-5730 (Washington D.C.).
- WeTip Hotline: These guys also respond to all cases of animal cruelty. Call 1-800-78-CRIME or save their number just in case.
- Humane Society of the United States Puppy Mill Tip Line: They rescue dogs and puppies in trouble. Reach them via 1-877-645-5847.
In order to be well-informed and vigilant, find out the signs of animal abuse to watch out for here.
We are glad these dogs were rescued in time, and we hope that by our paying attention more helpless animals will have a second chance at a better life.