The abandoned Shih Tzu with maggot wounds and 2 pounds of hair and dirt on her skin is thrown over the shelter’s fence, where horrified staff spend hours trying to rescue her
- Someone threw the little Shih Tzu dog over the fence at Tri-County Humane
- Parker was discovered with two pounds of hair and wounds full of maggots
- The bitch is making a strong recovery, with video showing her eating and walking
Heroic veterinary staff saved a Shih Tzu named Parker from death after she was discovered with two pounds of hair and “wounds so old they were full of maggots.”
Horrifying photos show Parker caked in dirt and tangled hair when she was found by the Tri-County Humane animal shelter in Boca Raton, Fla.
Someone threw the tiny Shih Tzu dog over the Tri-County Humane fence, ending up with the dog in a dumpster.
The person left without any trace of who she was and left staff in the dark about it, leading to her terrible condition.
“Her hair was matted to her skin, her nails so long they had wrapped around her paws, and wounds so old they were full of maggots,” the Tri-County Humane staff wrote on their Facebook page. Side. “I’ll never forget the smell.”
It took five employees over two hours to shave the dog, with the team having to swap out various razors after they overheated.
They found breast tumors around Parker’s body and one of her eyes had not fully formed.
The Shih Tzu had lost two pounds five and hair when it was over.
Staff worked Thursday and Friday night to save Parker by stitching up open wounds.
Someone threw the tiny Shih Tzu dog over the Tri-County Humane fence, ending up with the dog in a dumpster
‘Parker’ is pictured after two hours of shaving and veterinary care, losing two pounds five and hair in the process
“We didn’t know if she would make it through the night,” the shelter said. “Her tiny body had been through so much neglect and agony for so many years, but she did.”
dr Lindsey Naimoli, the vet who treated Parker, told WPBF she believes the Shih Tzu spent most of its life in a cage where it was forced to reproduce based on Parker’s condition when the animal was found at the shelter became.
“It would be extremely rare for just one animal to be treated horribly. I think this is one of many,” said Dr. Naimoli.
Tri-Humane works with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office to find out who left Parker at the rescue’s dumpster.
Staff say they don’t know Parker’s original name, or if she even had one.
The staff found breast tumors around her body, and one of her eyes was not fully developed
Staff worked Thursday and Friday night to save Parker by stitching up open wounds
Tri-Humane works with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office to find out who left Parker at the rescue’s dumpster
“I’m heartbroken to see this,” said one commenter. “The owner should be prosecuted and never allowed to own a dog again.”
“So many animal abusers get away with doing it to other animals their entire lives, horrible!” said another. “I hope she pulls through and has a great life to show!”
When Parker arrived, she couldn’t walk at all, but the rescue center soon released an update showing her limping around on the lawn.
dr Naimoli is confident the dog will recover and could be ready for a forever home as early as September.
The shelter is asking for donations on their Facebook page, with a link available here.