Sifting through the anecdotal information on the empty life of this pathetic dog was a heartbreaking task.
Coming in to the world as a hopeful, needy pup, we can only hope that she received some soft, soothing warmth during her weeks with her littermates .... and then a young man expressed an interest in her. He brought her into a home where she wasn't wanted or cared for. At some point, he decided to leave home and left her behind for his mother to deal with. The young pit bull was relegated to living under their porch -- nothing but the hard dirt on the ground was where she stayed -- food and water when and if the family thought about it.
She was an annoyance - but realizing how uncaring this family was or the treatment or lack thereof, the dog stayed quietly and unobtrusively in the background. Somewhere during that period of time, she had given birth in the hard dirt under their porch.
When neighbors saw the stark lack of care and sustenance for her and her babies, the Society's Tinton Falls branch was contacted. An Animal Control Officer visited and advised the residents that improved arrangements must be made for the unwanted family or further steps would be taken.
Rather than risk being taken to court, the home owner brought Mama and her 10 day old babies to the Society. She quickly signed her name to the release form but did not even bother to give a name to the pit bull or her age.
A veterinary examination revealed a pathetically emaciated dog with missing hair, balding coat and bite wounds. When she arrived, she could barely nurse her pups and could hardly lift her head. Two of the young frail pups were immediately taken to Garden State Veterinary Hospital; one was saved by them but one died. The skin problem was a mineral deficiency caused by her pregnancy, nursing and the lack of proper nourishment.
She was given antibiotics for the wounds, one badly infected ear, and wounds were flushed daily. It didn't take long for her physical weaknesses to improve and within several weeks, her babies found forever homes. And now it is Mama's turn to be taken care of. We call her Madonna.
Because of her outside existence, she was found to be heartworm positive -- and now this sweet lady will get her turn at proper medical attention.
While she was waiting for her babies to be adopted, volunteers would take Madonna out. She knows basic commands and has playtime with other dogs. She has no resource issues since she never had anything to guard or to be possessive. Just as cruel as being abused, being ignored also leaves its mark.
She is now starting on heartworm treatment. Donations to the Society's Res-Q Fund will help with the expense of the months she was with us taking good care of her family and will now help with the long-term heartworm care. She had no life but languished under a porch. If she had been there much longer, she and her pups would have perished. Your help is needed so that 2011 will be a banner year for this very sweet, well behaved lass.
For more information, e-mail us or call the Society's Forked River branch at 609-693-1900. Her file number is 61962.
Could Madonna be your Valentine?