Any abandoned animal is heartbreaking. No matter what kind, seeing a pet, who does nothing but love, left all alone is enough to make you cry. But when an animal in clear and urgent need is abandoned? It’s just unconscionable.
But it’s also what happened at a veterinarian’s office in Michigan.
It started when a pit bull mix puppy encountered hundreds of ground bees and was stung all over his little body, prompting an allergic reaction.
Where dogs without allergies just swell up and get sore, this dog’s body reacted by erupting in sores all over his body. His owners took him to the vet where he was administered an antibiotic, but he was allergic to that, too.
And apparently, that was too much for the humans. They left the 10-month-old puppy at the vet’s, just like that.
Many dogs in this situation would be euthanized, but one woman is working to make sure that doesn’t happen. Carri Shipala is the founder of LuvnPupz rescue, which takes in abandoned dogs and finds them homes. And Shipala doesn’t shrink from tough cases like this.
“I feel like it’s what a true rescue is,” she says.
The puppy, who has been named Stinger, is now staying at LuvnPupz and recovering from his injuries while waiting for a forever home.
Stinger the 10-moth-old pit bull pix puppy encountered ground bees one day and ended up with agonizing welts all over his body.
Worse, he was also allergic to the antibiotics he got at the veterinarian’s office.
And even worse than that? His owners abandoned him, evidently feeling this was all too much to deal with.
Luckily, he was taken in by Carri Shipala at LuvnPupz, a rescue organization specializing in puppies in need.
And if anyone was in need, it was Stinger.
Shipala was determined to help Stinger get well again, and while he’s recovered enough to eat and drink on his own, he still has a long way to go.
He was also diagnosed with scabies, a serious skin condition that was probably, Shipala says, “exacerbated by the stings.”
Scabies is also highly contagious, so now, Stinger is being cared for at the Allegan Veterinary Clinic.
Understandably, Stinger is somewhat subdued after all this.
Shipala says that after 30 days, his condition, behavior, and training will be reviewed to see if he’s ready to be adopted out.
In the meantime, though, there’s a lot of medical treatment that needs to be done.
Shipala has hope, though, that someone will open their home to Stinger.
And even after all he’s been though, he’s still willing to say hello.
You can see him in action below, but after his ordeal, Stinger is tired.
Hopefully, with treatment, he’ll become a lively puppy once again.
Stinger’s treatment is extensive and costly.
If you’d like to make a difference for Stinger, or for many other puppies, make a donation over on Luvnpupz’s website. Every little bit counts.
And if you can’t donate, please SHARE his story so the word can get out to as many people as possible! This sweet pup deserves a loving forever home, don’t you think?