We received notice from a volunteer that two pit bulls were dumped in a forest preserve. Thankfully, the neighbors whose property backed up to this wooded area rallied around this male/female duo and kept them fed and watered.
The local animal control was notified and soon took action. They set up a trap and Scarlett was the first one in. She was immediately taken into their care, but had a limited amount of time to find rescue. Animal control facilities are not properly equipped to adopt out large numbers of animals, so Scarlett’s days were limited.
Sadly, not only were Scarlett and her mate dumped, it is obvious that she recently had a litter of puppies. This is the tragic reality of backyard breeders. Once the “puppy makers” lose their worth, they are either killed or abandoned like trash. We loaded up supplies and a small search team to make sure that there were no puppies, you just never know. To our relief, there were none to be found.
And because our volunteer formed a bond with the neighbors involved and with the animal control officers on the case, we were able to quickly get involved. Once we found out that Scarlett’s time was limited, we made a trip to meet this girl. And after spending time with Scarlett at the animal control facility, we decided that she was ours.
Two days later, we pulled Scarlet and immediately took her to our vet. Outside of a whopping double ear infection, our girl is healthy. We don’t have a foster home available as of yet, so Scarlett is currently being boarded at a kennel. As soon as she moves into a foster home, which should be very soon....she will be spayed.
Scarlett is a little stunner with a huge pittie smile (her coat is a tawny buff with blue undertones). She is timid with strangers at first, but clearly craves affection and attention. Once she’s comfortable, she’s playful and sassy. She must not have had many reasons to trust people in the past, so one of our first goals will be to show her that humans are kind. We think she’s a future Velcro dog in the making.
Not all dogs can survive the elements of the woods, the heartbreak of being dumped and forgotten, but our Scarlett did.
If you are in the position to do so, please help us fund Scarlett’s boarding costs until we can find her a foster home. A $70 donation will pay for one week of boarding, but a donation of any amount is a gift that a small rescue like us will greatly appreciate!
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