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Courage, A Dog Cruelly Starved

Courage is a three-year-old German Shepherd that was tied up on a chain in a back yard without food or water. He was laying in a back yard crying, he could not rise or raise his head. He had not eaten in weeks, and did not have access to water because he was chained.  He was removed from this yard by a Good Samaritan on April 7.  He was so weak the woman didn’t think he’d survive the trip to an emergency animal hospital in Orange County, California.  There the horrified staff called the German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County (GSROC). 

Courage was immediately transferred to Community Veterinary Hospital in Garden Grove.

He is too weak to stand and can barely lift his head. He weighed 37 pounds, less than half his normal body weight when he was rescued. He has already undergone extensive emergency treatment including blood and plasma transfusions, a complete GI flush, antibiotics, and fluids. His entire intestinal tract was full of dirt.  He had been eating dirt to survive.  He didn’t even have the strength to lift his head.

What kind of people do this to an animal.  Leave them outside, chained with no food or water, and watch them slowly die.  We fill up this blog with enough human waste such as Christine Abrams, Nikia Adams, Dwayne Sumter, and many more.  What makes them just walk away from an animal and shut their minds to the suffering.  They only see the world as what it’s going to do for them.   Or is it the joy of being cruel to a being that can’t fight back. 

But what is even more troubling is the Good Samaritan herself.  I can’t shake a bad feeling now.  I originally posted this article by The Examiner on the FTLTD Facebook.  In this article there is a note by the author:

I was told that the people who did this to Courage released him to the good samaritan on the condition that their identity would not be revealed. At the time, the individual agreed to the stipulation because it was in the best interest of the dog. The rescue does not know who did this to Courage. May they never own another living being.

I would swear on my mother’s grave right in front of these people to never reveal their identity.  I would say anything or promise anything to remove this dog from harm.  Then run to the nearest police station with their names and where they lived.  I’d break that promise in a heartbeat.  I cannot believe this anonymous Good Samaritan didn’t turn them in. 

Or maybe, just maybe, this Good Samaritan is really the owner of the dog.  I’m sorry, but not being able – or unwilling – to provide any details about this cruelty when they were there and speaking with the owners of this dog smells like yesterday’s diapers. 

Courage is a fighter.  He’s fighting for his life and he is showing improvement.  He is eating and attempting to use atrophied muscles to lift himself from the floor.  He even rolled on his back for tummy rubs. 

It will be a long road to recovery.  For more information about Courage, go to the GSROC website for updates and to make a donation.  You can also mail your donation towards Courage’s medical bills to 177F Riverside Avenue, Ste. 143, Newport Beach, CA 92663. Call 714-974-7762 for more information.

GSROC is offering a $1,000 reward for anyone who knows more about the dog’s owners.   This is willful, deliberate cruelty and I hope the ones who did this to him are caught and punished.

Courage is getting better and that’s the good news.  The bad news is he is not the first, and he will not be the last.

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