Tiny Puppy About To Be Put Down Is Saved By Vet Who Refused To Give Up On Her


It seemed life was almost over for this poor Chihuahua puppy when she was brought into Social Tees Animal Rescue. She was handed over to the receptionist and then left there.


Dimitra Molossi, co-director of the rescue center told The Dodo that the man who abandoned her there said that she was "defective" and he wanted her to "be put to sleep".


chihuahua abandonned at vet Source: Social Tees Animal Rescue


According to the receptionist, the man was the owner of a pet store nearby and nobody was buying her. He has been know to "dump animals with them before".


chihuahua abandonned at vetSource: Social Tees Animal Rescue


With the exception of a bent front leg causing her trouble walking, she was exactly like any other happy puppy. She wouldn't stop wagging her tail, clearly overwhelmed and excited by all the new people around her.


She was immediately taken to the vet while Molossi called her rescue partners to arrange a foster home. After the stroke of good luck that helped her find just the right people, they decided to call her Clover.


chihuahua abandonned at vetSource: Social Tees Animal Rescue


Her legs were slightly bent, due to what the vet assumed was an untreated bacterial infection and no physical exercise during the first months of life. After getting X-rays and some vaccines, Clover was sent to her foster home that night with antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medicine.


Molossi said that "she's not in any pain now and is already starting to walk better".  She added that Clover "was so smelly – you could tell nobody paid attention to her".


Clover may be safe and happy now but sadly her situation is not an isolated one. Thousands of other puppies are for sale in pet stores with most of them coming from puppy mills, large-scale breeding operations that offer minimal veterinary care or human contact.


chihuahua abandonned at vetSource: Social Tees Animal Rescue


They are then separated with their mothers who stay at the mills to produce more litters until they are too sick or old to continue. Many of these puppies are sold to unsuspecting people for prices of around $1000 upwards even though many of them have birth defects or are sick.


Just three months ago, British prime minister Theresa may announced that the UK government would be introducing tough new laws to stamp out puppy mills. Let's hope that this inspires other countries to do the same.


Chihuahua's are among the most common dogs to be sold this way as their tiny size allows many of them to be confined into small cages or pens. Molossi said:



Fortunately, it appears that Clover has overcome her tough start to life and is now just like any other puppy. While she is still working on strengthening her legs, her foster mom continues to give her special massages a few times per day and she should be ready for a forever home very soon.


“She has no idea that she is any different,” Molossi said. “She runs around and plays all day. Her tail won’t stop wagging.”


H/t: The Dodo