Had it not been for two good Samaritans, Tracie and Denise, who discovered a suffering German shepherd hidden away in the tall weeds and bushes in a Memphis backyard of an abandoned and condemned home about to be razed, who knows how excruciating the end of the dog’s life may have been if no one spotted her during the demolition? The staff at Tunica Humane Society aren’t sure if it was by chance or perhaps divine intervention that Tracie and Denise found the dog.
The tiny no-kill shelter in rural north Mississippi fills in the heartbreaking details of the shepherd’s life. Now dubbed Cindy, she had been hidden away in a backyard, and when she fell and hurt her back, there was no one around to help. When Sandy Williams, Director of the Tunica Humane Society drove her to Mississippi State in Starkville on November 10, she saw Cindy struggling to stand, struggling to balance and struggling to stay upright on her own. Sandy’s heart just shattered into pieces watching a dog, who desperately wanted to live, struggle so hard to move around on her own.
During Cindy’s examination at Mississippi State, two weeks are required for all of the dog’s blood tests to come back, but veterinarians are quite sure the dog suffers from Degenerative Myelopathy (DM). In addition, the neglect she has suffered for a prolonged period of time has compounded her issues with numerous herniated discs in her spine. Her spinal cord is under pressure in several areas; compounded with DM, Cindy is basically crippled. Because of this, plus her age and also that she tested positive for heartworms, Cindy is in urgent need of medical care. Click here to watch Cindy’s video.
And if anyone is wondering how Sandy Williams came to the decision to try her best to save Cindy’s life and give her back her dignity as a beautiful German shepherd, a Facebook post revealed the rescuer’s deepest hopes. “At first glance, when you see Cindy, struggle to stand, struggle to balance, struggle to stay upright on her own, it is devastating to watch. Your gut tells you, ‘She has suffered enough’. But then your heart says, ‘She deserves every chance to experience love in her lifetime, however long that may be.'” Williams goes on to state, “I found my answer today in Cindy’s eyes. She wants to live. She wants to get back up on her own. You can actually see the longing in her eyes.”
On Thursday, Cindy is scheduled for surgery to relieve some of the pressure on her back. There are no guarantees at this point but Veterinary Specialists Center in Starkville will be giving her every chance possible to regain some quality of life. We will keep you updated on Cindy’s progress. A YouCaring link can be found here if you would like to help with Cindy’s mounting medical costs.
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