Parker the Shih Tzu is finally being loved and cared for after years of neglect.
It was in the middle of the night that the tiny dog arrived at Tri-County Animal Rescue in Boca Raton, Florida, after being dropped over their fence and landing next to the dumpster. A rescue staff member posted their first impression of Parker on their Facebook page. She was found there, a reeking, knotted ball of fur. “As many of you have seen in the news, when Parker was thrown over our fence by the dumpster in the middle of the night, our shelter was blessed with the honor of saving her.” In spite of her hair being cemented to her skin, her nails were so long they wrapped around her paws, and her wounds were filled with maggots, I will never forget the smell.”
A rescue veterinarian staff immediately set to work to help save the dog’s life. “I have never seen anything like it before, and I hope to never see it again,” they said. As they wrote, “5 staff members spent over two hours shaving her carefully, changing buzzers as they got hot, suturing open sores and culturing everything,” they spent over two hours shaving her. “Our veterinarian found mammary tumors and her eyes were permanently open due to matting,” they said. We told her that the worst was behind her, that she had to be strong, that she was loved. The eye was not even fully formed, and her temperature was getting low. We told her she was loved, and that the worst was behind her.”
It was clear that Parker had suffered neglect and torment for so many years that her rescuers weren’t sure she would survive the night. But she did. And then she made it through the next night and then the next night. More miracles followed. Parker started eating again!
It was explained in the rescue’s post why Parker’s arrival was called a blessing. “I know some of you might say because of my use of the word blessing that this shouldn’t have happened at all. I totally agree. We don’t even know her original name or if she ever had one. For whatever reason Parker was brought to us, our veterinary staff has kept her alive through their courage, quick thinking, and incredible expertise.”
In the Humane Society’s opinion, Parker was kept in a cage and used for breeding. To find out who dumped Parker and to see if there are other dogs like Parker who need to be rescued, they have opened an investigation and are working with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
According to WPBF News, Tri-Humane is optimistic about Parker’s recovery and hopes she’ll be ready for adoption in September.
A walk on the grass is another accomplishment for her given that when she first arrived, she couldn’t walk at all.