A pit bull horrendously neglected her whole life and dumped on the streets was found by a volunteer from Second Chance Rescue in New York. This is the heartbreaking story.
When Tracy heard from a neighbor that a pit bull, who looked as if she had recently given birth, was wandering up and down the street, she didn’t hesitate. She jumped out of bed, grabbed a leash, and told her husband that she might be back with one dog or a dog and puppies. Like most spouses of those who rescue, he just rolled over, saying, “Okay, honey.”
The dog she encountered in the street was happy to see her. Tail wagging, when Tracy tried to get her to show where her puppies might be, the dog didn’t lead her anywhere. So Tracy took her home and let Second Chance Rescue (SCR) know about the dog. They named her Shaya, and it was obvious from the start that Shaya had been treated poorly. In Tracy’s words:
She could only turn her head to the left, as it seemed stiff on the right side. Shaya was clearly overbred with nipples hanging to the floor and extremely enlarged girl parts. I checked her teeth, and that was when I realized this girl truly needed help. Her front teeth were all ground down…Someone either physically did that to her, or she was so stressed that she did it herself to escape from a crate.”
Tracy is a knowledgable rescuer. She did introductions with her dogs the right way. She says it took three weeks before Shaya would stop growling at her dogs. She began the introductions with the dogs on leashes just seeing each other across the street and slowly, slowly let them get closer. She wrote: Improper or rushed introductions sets the stage for problems.
The real problems began with the first vet checkup when they discovered that she had severe heartworm disease. They began treatment, but two weeks later, Tracy noticed a lump under Shaya’s jaw. It seemed to be getting bigger. A needle biopsy diagnosed cancer. SCR helped Shaya see an oncologist where they found the cancer in her jaw and mammary tumors. She also had possible cancer in the bone and spine. To do surgery to examine the extent of the cancer would be dangerous for Shaya with her physical condition and could kill her. Nothing can be done for Shaya except to make her comfortable.
Now Tracy says that Shaya doens’t want to eat and even walking is a struggle. But her tail still wags. She lies on a bed and is given pain medication. Shaya loves children and struggles to get out of bed to visit with Tracy’s child. She eats home-cooked food because that’s all she’ll eat.
I want to save her and feel helpless that I cannot and cry frequently. We save so many dogs every day, but we can’t save this one. Fate brought her to me. She is loved and very content here. I have fostered to save dogs that were to be killed, have bottle fed puppies (who all survived and are adopted), and now hospice foster. Each a unique and amazing experience. Yes some break your heart, but it’s not about that, it’s about a selfless act of healing theirs. Please keep Shaya in your prayers that she has a painless transition over the bridge. “
Tracy, if you read this, know that Shaya was one of the lucky ones. She found you. And her end will be surrounded by your love and warmth. She will die knowing that she was loved — even if just for a short time at the end. That’s more than many, many dogs receive when they die in shelters never having known a minute of love. Shaya is lucky — and you are lucky that you are the last loving face that she will see.
If you are able to donate to help dogs like Shaya, please donate to Second Chance NYC dogs cancer fund.
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