Hope For Paws received a call from a woman named Persephone Harrington who had found a senior homeless dog seeking refuge under a shipping container in a junkyard.
When rescuers arrived, they saw the poor dog laying under the container amongst trash and full of dirt. The rescuers then decided to ask some local people if they knew something about the dog. They heard that her owners had left nine years ago and the abandoned the dog.
She had been fending for herself on the streets all this time, wondering where her owner was. She had also been hit by a truck at one point, and never received medical attention, which led to her losing her eye.
People in the area now and then had fed the poor pup but that’s unfortunately not enough. Josephnine aka Pheenie as she was named after, needed some true love and care, especially in her golden years.
Rescuers placed a gentle snare around Pheenie’s neck and waited to see how she would react. Pheenie was very sweet and friendly and came right out from under the shipping container. Once they got a closer look at her, they determined that she was pretty old and discovered that all of her teeth were rotten and broken.
Pheenie was soon taken to CARES, where she would be able to get the proper medical that she needs and also to have her baths.
Vets diagnosed her with discosondylitis (infection of the spinal cord), severe dental disease, and a urinary tract infection. She also had many mammary tumors, which isn’t uncommon for un-spayed females to get.
Five months after her rescue, Pheenie peacefully passed away while lying comfortably by the fireplace. Thanks to the woman who called for help, HFP rescuers, the amazing vet staff, and L.A. Animal Rescue, Pheenie was able to enjoy her final months of life instead of spending them alone under a shipping container in a junkyard.
However Phennie was able to enjoy her last months and sleep peacefully. She spent many days going for walks, playing outside, enjoying the snow, and feeling genuine love for the first time in a long time.