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Rescue Group: Valley Dogs
|Breed:||English Bulldog/American Pit Bull Terrier Mix||Color:||White - With Tan, Yellow Or Fawn||Age:||Young|
|Size:||Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)||Sex:||Male|
URGENT: Samson needs a foster. He has had extensive medical treatments and now needs a home to recover in. His medical bills exceed $4500!! Can you help? Donate below to Samson's medical fund.
Samson's strength throughout all of this has been truly inspirational. He is a wonderful dog that will thrive in the right environment. For now, as Samson is currently dog selective, it would be best for him to be an "only child". With devout love and a bit of training, Samson's future will be so bright!
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Samson was brought into the west Maricopa county shelter as a stray and when left unclaimed, he landed on the euthanasia list due to his severe medical condition. Not only was he very emaciated but he suffered from a severe case of demodex mange which caused the majority of his hair to fall off, swollen skin, deep cracks in his skin as well as bad skin infection causing yeast build up, as well as something we don’t see every day, a prolapsed colon...by about 5 inches. I could not imagine the pain and discomfort this dog went through, he was literally screaming in pain when trying to go to the bathroom and his back was hunched back due to pain. Several local rescues considered rescuing Samson but somehow he never made it out of the shelter. On Saturday before Super Bowl the Robinson Family saw Samson on the Facebook page of Friends of Arizona Shelter Animals which posts every night the euthanasia list for the following morning at 5 am. Since they are not affiliated with a rescue, the Robinsons called the shelter directly to pull him off the list and arrived at the Durango location 12 minutes prior to closing to take him. Due to his condition, the shelter hesitated releasing him to the family and agreed to keep him until the following day until management would make a decision. On Superbowl Sunday, when most Americans are consumed with the game, the Robinsons started calling around for rescue support and were turned down left and right. They called the shelter and when told they could go pick him up, they drove there and took him out and straight to the vet where he has been in medical boarding since.
Samson did not have a name at the time and since his story was such an inspiration, the family decided to call him Samson, as in the Bible Samson's strength was in the hair, they felt once his medical issues would be behind him and he would have all his hair back, he would be a strong and happy pup.
Samson went through several surgical procedures to repair the prolapsed colon and neuter (the prolapsed colon was caused by his increased prostate due to him not being neutered - we also suspect he was being used for breeding). Several sutures were put into his colon in an attempt to keep it in. When his colon prolapsed for the third time, the Robinsons who had become so empathetic and attached to Samson decided to pursue a solution to this matter and consulted a specialist veterinarian who performed surgery on him again, this time considerably more invasive. During surgery they also discovered a small mass on his prostate which has been sent out for further testing.
Samson is a very sweet boy, very smart, well behaved and affectionate. He is desperately looking for a foster or forever home where he can decompress and discover what it is to be a family pet, to be safe, loved, protected and healthy. Due to the ordeals he has endured, we would prefer that he is the only dog in the house hold and that he finds a loving home with someone who is passionate and knowledgeable of the breed mix (he is a bulldog pit bull mix, medium size, approximately 45-50lbs). He is approximately 2 years old, he is now neutered, shots up to date, he is recovering fast from mange and from surgery. He is very smart and loves treats, he learned how to sit in one day when he realized he gets treats for it, he even knows they are, he will point at the jar if you're trying to act clueless.
This pup is a courtesy post with Valley Dogs Rescue. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in supporting Samson in his recovery or becoming his foster. He is a sweet dog.