RLRR had 15 intakes on Friday, August 13, and the last one that night was a little husky I named Santos (which means "Saint" in Spanish) and he was the most horrible inhumane sight I had seen in a long time. I just fell in love with him and rekindled both deep compassion and great sorrow.
Apparently run over by a car 2 weeks ago, Santos was left to lay in a heap of dirt only skin and bone- too weak to stand unless you propped him up. Our friend Tony saw Santos and brought him right out to the shelter nearly dark after work.
We did all we could for him, and he could not eat, only tried so hard to drink. He would lay and lap water and more water.
His intestines were starting to decompose and he would scream when you tried to feed him, only continued to weakly lap water. I sub-cu fed him 200 mL of ringers, and was hoping I could get some boiled rice and hamburger- but he could not take it, nor puppy milk, nor nutrical.
In the morning I could no longer take his pain and suffering, and after chores I took him to the vet where they concurred there was no hope. He crossed the Rainbow Bridge at 10:30 am on Saturday August 14.
Every once in a while a Santos crosses our path, and reignites our compassion and understanding as to why we take this very tough path of animal rescue- I know you all understand.
We thank Dr. Bruce and Sandy Mack, faithful donors who made a $300 donation in his memory which will be used to rescue and help more animals. We shall not forget Santos and the reason we keep on with clinics and rescue. Santos' story validates it all.