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Old 05-06-2005, 11:38 AM
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Angry PLEASE Help Save Gypsy

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 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


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Old 05-06-2005, 03:48 PM
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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.
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Old 05-06-2005, 05:14 PM
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That poor dog!!! How could anyone be so cruel?
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Old 05-06-2005, 05:17 PM
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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 )....that poor baby! That's so sick....
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Old 05-06-2005, 07:22 PM
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Omg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Those Pics Are Horrific!!!!!!!! How Can Anyone Be So Cruel?!!!!!
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Old 05-06-2005, 07:35 PM
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Hey look at these; they aren't quite so horrid towards the end. http://www.tricountyanimalrescue.net...ecovering.aspx
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Old 05-06-2005, 07:48 PM
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omg, I wanna puke...
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Old 05-06-2005, 08:34 PM
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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.
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Old 05-07-2005, 01:26 AM
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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
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Old 05-07-2005, 08:56 AM
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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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