To those of us who love dogs, it’s absolutely unthinkable that someone would abandon them. Sadly, we live in a cruel world, and this happens every day.
Recently, police officers in San Antonio, Texas, were alerted by a call that there was an animal struggling in the middle of the road. It was a Cocker Spaniel, but he was unrecognizable – his fur was so overgrown and matted, it wasn’t even clear that this was a dog.
The animal was immediately sent to the San Antonio Animal Care Services to receive medical care, and the people looking after him decided to name him Hamish.
Despite his appearance in the photo above, Hamish was massively underweight. The neglected pup hiding underneath all that fur weighed only 12 – 13lbs, when he should weigh over 20lbs, and was suffering from a number of different health problems.
Staff at the shelter quickly got to work, removing his overgrown, dirty fur, and putting him into dental surgery to remove any teeth that would be causing him pain. According to the Cocker Spaniel Rescue, an adult dog has up to 42 teeth. The abandoned dog was left with 11 after dental surgery. This lack of teeth left to more problems with his recovery.
A spokesperson for the center spoke about Hamish’s condition, and how he had ended up in their care:
“No doubt about it, his previous humans failed him. He still needs a bit of a touch-up, but you can tell how much better he already feels! He is now a CSRA kid and will be getting the medical care he needs to get him ready to find his new forever home. Welcome to the family, Hamish!”
Hamish needed to gain weight, and with the help of his carers, was able to get on the right diet to do so. However, due to his dental problems, Hamish didn’t have the ability to chew well, which became an ongoing struggle.
But staff at the shelter were not going to give up that easily.
With a diet of soft food and weight gaining supplements, he is on the way to recovery, and as you can see from these pictures, his transformation has been phenomenal.
He even has a baby foster sister who he loves dearly, and the two are pretty much inseparable.
Hamish is currently in a foster home at the moment, but is looking for a permanent family to love him.
If you’re in the area, please consider it. He really deserves a loving family after everything he’s been through.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – shame on whoever abandoned this sweet baby.
If you would like to adopt Hamish, you can visit the San Antonio Animal Care Services on their Facebook Page.