PLEASE Help Save Gypsy

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  1. thunder

    thunder New Member

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    :mad: This was sent to me Please Help if you can. I won't post pictures here they are VERY graphic but you can see them through the link after the story...if you want to :confused: I can't understand how someone could do this :(

    I know we have a lot of people in the herd that own and love dogs. I
    received the following fro Ernie at EHOWA.com and if you are capable of
    helping out, please do... buffalo

    A few months ago, I posted that in general I don't like people. And
    while sure there was some jest in that statement, there was also some
    truth. People lie. People steal. People borrow your money and don't pay
    it back. People back into your car and don't leave a note. People are
    selfish. People murder. People set dogs on fire. People force dogs to
    fight and then discard their shattered bodies like garbage. People suck.

    On the morning of April 11th, a kind old woman in Belmont, North
    Carolina came across the crumbled body of what she thought was a dead
    dog on the side of the road. Expecting the worst, she took the time to
    look closer and was both delighted and horrified to find this female pit
    bull barely alive; shattered limbs unable to carry her body any further,
    blood seeping from maggot infested wounds, skin stretched taunt over
    exposed ribs, dull broken eyes looking up at her begging for relief.
    This dog didn't have the strength to lift her head as the woman
    approached, she could only offer a muffled whimper. Surely others had
    driven past this horribly wounded dog, but no one bothered to stop. Not
    until this woman did. Such is the nature of man, I guess. But,
    thankfully our Good Samaritan did stop, and she scooped this dog's limp
    body up in her arms and brought her to the Eastridge Animal Hospital.

    There veterinarians examined her and came to the conclusion she should
    be saved, but it was going to require some pretty extensive (and
    costly!) surgery. Upon hearing of Gypsy's condition, Joann Hager of Tri
    County Animal Rescue immediately told the vets to go ahead with
    treatment -- she would find a way to pay for it.

    As best anyone can guess, Gypsy (as she is now named), was used in dog
    fights. Her ears were cut away so her opponent would have nothing to
    bite on to and drag her to the ground. She had bite wounds all over her
    body and the tissue around the wounds was rotting and putrid. In fact,
    when the veterinary staff tried to feed her, she couldn't eat because of
    the bite wounds inside her mouth. Yes, I said inside.

    As of this writing, Gypsy has undergone several surgeries over the past
    few days. The damage to her right front leg was so extensive the doctors
    were forced to amputate it. Dead and dying tissue was cut away leaving
    this lovable dog horribly disfigured. The stents that were sewn into her
    skin to allow her wounds to drain give this lovable dog a nightmarish
    look. As you look at her post-surgery pictures you may think Gypsy is
    baring her teeth or growling; she's not. The dead tissue around her
    mouth has rotted away; she no longer has lips to cover her teeth. And
    yet despite all this, she still managed to wag her tail after her first
    surgeries. That my friends, is why dogs rule.

    Gypsy has taken the first steps on her long road to recovery. But she is
    not out of the woods just yet. Doctors in Tennessee will need to perform
    plastic surgery to recreate the portions of her face that have rotted
    away. These upcoming procedures, on top of the care she's already
    received, come at a substantial price. While Tri County Animal Rescue
    has received more than enough letters of encouragement, they have not
    received enough donations to pay for Gypsy's medical care.

    When I spoke with Joann on Friday, she estimates they had received just
    over $6,000 in donations -- well shy of the $10,000 they estimate her
    care to cost. This leaves at least a $4,000 deficit, probably more when
    all is said and done. That my friends, is where you come in.

    With Sean Schaefer debacle last week, I received many emails of people
    writing in and admitting they were guilty of the same thing - never
    having stepped up to help when they could have. Just brushing aside my
    requests and thinking, "Oh someone else will donate." Well now is your
    opportunity to make a difference and you couldn't ask for a better one.
    Kids, the only thing standing between this lovable three legged pooch
    and a full recovery is a few thousand dollars. Is the army of EHOWA
    going to let that happen? I think not.

    So, as has become a custom here at EHOWA, this will be one of the two
    times a year when I will ask you, my faithful readers, for help. So I am
    asking you, I am begging you, to donate what you can to the Tri County
    Animal Rescue to pay for the remainder of Gypsy's medical costs. Five
    bucks. Ten bucks. Twenty bucks. Whatever you can spare.

    And I don't want to hear, "Oh I don't have the cash right now." Sure you
    do. Five bucks - the cost of quick lunch in drive thru. Ten bucks - a
    round of beers. Twenty bucks - popcorn and two movie tickets. You can do
    it. I know we can knock this right out of the ballpark if we all pitch
    in.

    Take a moment and look at your dog laying next to you. Try to imagine
    what it would be like if their leg were so horribly mangled doctors
    would have to cut it off. Think of them having so many untreated wounds
    that the flesh was actually rotting off their bodies. Now try to imagine
    if you dog didn't have you to care for them. That's what Gypsy is facing
    right now.

    So crack those piggy banks. Help make it right. Please donate to Gypsy.

    http://www.tricountyanimalrescue.net/gypsy.aspx


    thunder
     
  2. juliefurry

    juliefurry Rusty but Trusty

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    That is just horrible! It makes me sick to think that someone could let such a sweet dog get in that condition. I'm working on it, seeing as I'm in a tight spot right, hopefully I can donate some. It may not be much but I will give what I can.
     
  3. gaddylovesdogs

    gaddylovesdogs no touchy

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    That poor dog!!! How could anyone be so cruel?
     
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    Purr ~3 Mutts~

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    Oh my god....oh my god....I'm at a complete loss for words (which is unlike me), and all I can manage to say is "oh my god".

    I'm assuming I can send them cash, correct? Cash is the only way I can give them anything (no credit :rolleyes: )....that poor baby! That's so sick....
     
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    Omg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Those Pics Are Horrific!!!!!!!! How Can Anyone Be So Cruel?!!!!!
     
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    Purr ~3 Mutts~

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    omg, I wanna puke...
     
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    I'm glad she's getting better....but those first pics were horrid. I passed through them as quickly as possible... I just feel like giving Gypsy a big hug and kiss. Letting her know that there are people out there that love her.
     
  9. mrose_s

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    poor thing, thats so wronfg, some poeple have no sense, but i can see why poeple did not bother to help her, i would have thought she was dead to. in her pics after surgery she looks terible, like a real zombie...
    and she is so loving yet poeple let her get that way
    makes me so :mad: :mad: :mad:
     
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    Yeah, I know....the drains didn't do a thing to make her look any better. So many people are going to refuse to adopt her, because she looks like that. Poor baby...she's so sweet.

    She looks so even tempered, I wonder if she'd make a good therapy dog....for disabled kids. Does anyone remember the story about Lucky, the kitty with a cleft palate, and one eye? He was a therapy kitty for disabled children, and they really took to him, because they could relate to him. One little girl said "he's different, but that's okay Daddy, because I'm different, too" when she told her father about Lucky.

    Hey, ya never know...
     
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    Definatley sounds like a possibility.
     
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    Barb04 Love my pets Staff Member

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    I'm sitting here crying with a pain in my stomach after seeing those pictures. Oh horrible for any animal to go through that. I have to commend the people who are trying to help Gypsy. Gypsy has really come far in healing in those second set of photos. I pray she recovers fully and lives the life she deserves with a good family.
     
  13. Gustav

    Gustav Don't encourage me..

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    Oh that poor poor creature!!! :( I haven't the words to describe my anger, hatered, and pity I feel on behalf on that poor dog!! And still after all that she seems so loving and trusting!! We humans are really a plague on this earth!!
     
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    IlUvMyAnImAlZ05 Cats&Dogs r what I live 4

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    Oh my GOSH! Whoever did that to her is plain STUPID and should be killed! I hate the way people treat animals now like there nothing and don't have feelings! I will try to donate as much as i can. I would love to donate to help her. I wish she was here so i could hug her so much.
    Mandy
     
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    This story is bittersweet. She was involved in dog fighting and has to fight for her life... That is the bitter part. :mad: But just look at those Pittie smiles at the end. That is wonderful. I know it may take awhile, but what goes around comes around. And those horrid people have theirs comin!
     
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    i in my heart wish they would have let her die in peace.( i don't mean leave her in the street, but to put her down) .as mean as that sounds, her recovery is long and painful..and i wouldn't have done it to her, as i wouldn't want someone to do it to me. A dog's nose and mouth are the most sensitive parts..i had a vet that tried to hard sometimes..i had one puppy that had been deprived of all nurishment the first three days and was so dehydrated when i found him that i didn't think he would live at all, but he struggled then he got a staff infection in his leg. It swelled up the size of a hotdog, and the vet kept sticking him with one needle after another (he screamed if the leg was touched, not whined), he died on the way home..and i felt i had brought him no favor in trying to keep him alive. It isn't because of how she looks that i wrote what i did. That vet tried to hard a couple more times, and there is just a point where i think dying is not the worst thing that can happen. I hope that she will be a spokeswoman for her kind..that at least would bring some reason for all her suffering. I had printed out the pic to take to my mom..she has no puter so that is the only way i can share what i see here and forgot they were on the scanner when Logan came over. I was horrified when he picked them up and said omg..what happened to this dog..so i went ahead and showed him the rest of the story on the post. He said i have 5 dollars do you think i can send it for her? I would adopt her right now. He meant it too, i saw no revulsion in has face..for a 10 yr old little boy i find his heart to be just huge. I hope she ends up with a Logan in her life.
     
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    I am so heart sick over this thread. I admire those who are trying to save her, but I too wonder about her quality of life. I think I would have cradled her, tell her how sorry I was that some one could do this to her, and let a vet pass her peacefully on.
     
  18. Gustav

    Gustav Don't encourage me..

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    Hmmm, it does make you wonder if they are helping to her to recover so that she will be a good figure head for the Pit Bulls plight?!! (That sounds really awful and cynical doesn't it!!) It's a question of how far gone is too far gone. I think I would have let her go peacefully.
     
  19. Renee750il

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    Good news, all!

    They just showed a piece on Gypsy on our local news. She's happy and wriggling and smiling and kissing on everyone gathered around her. She's on her way to the University of Tennessee Veterinary School in Knoxville, forty miles from me, for her treatment.

    There's no quit in Gypsy! She's wriggling and romping on all three legs. Makes you smile and cry at the same time to see her. She's going to be a great spokesdog :D
     
  20. Gustav

    Gustav Don't encourage me..

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    Aww that is good news Renee!! Bless her heart!! I hope she finds someone extra extra special to love her!!
     

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