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Deformed Pups Left to Die in Grass, Along Comes a Hero

Deformed Pups Left to Die in Grass, Along Comes a Hero


Written by Nilgen Velazco of Puerto Rico

I live in Puerto Rico, where weather is constantly changing and that day it decided it would rain all day. My little island does have a problem; we have a big population of stray dogs or what we call ‘satos’¯ or mutts and to help them takes time and money that nobody wants to provide. To add to that problem, some people prefer pureblood breeds and so there are even more dogs. I know of many responsible breeders, but that’s not the case with everyone out there.

Thanks to an irresponsible breeder, I found two puppies in need of my help. Sometimes you don’t have to go far to find an animal in need. I was just getting home when I saw the two puppies on my lawn; thank God I wasn’t driving because I would have jumped out of the car to get them.

They were white Chow Chow puppies, but it seems that the breeder didn’t know what he was doing and they were born with defects. One puppy was missing an eye and a front leg and the back leg didn’t work. The second one was just missing an eye and some skin problems. Not the prettiest puppies in the world, but they were alive, something that person didn’t even think about. If he couldn’t sell them, they might as well be left to die on a cold, rainy day.

So Many Mouths to Feed

I knew something was wrong the minute I saw them and began to worry how could I take care of them. At that time, I had three mouths to feed and adding two more was looking impossible. So I called everyone and posted the pictures on the internet and had luck with my veterinarian. That very same day, I went with the puppies to his house and he also inferred that the puppies were left to die because of their defects.

Sadly, the first puppy could not survive, but we had high hopes for the second. One costumer my veterinarian knew was experienced with Chows and was looking to add a new member to the family and he called her up. Of course she didn’t mind that the dog didn’t have an eye and she got it the very next day!

It’s been a couple of years since this occurred and I hope that the breeder has gone out of business. I’m glad that it was my house at which he choose to leave the dogs.

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3:23PM PDT on Apr 19, 2014

breeders would make more money if they bred themselves and sell the offspring....wonder why they never thought of that...maybe the idea of being pregnant for the rest of their lives has something to do with it???

5:54PM PDT on Apr 16, 2014


10:45AM PDT on Apr 15, 2014

thank you
good post

2:40PM PDT on Apr 13, 2014

If only the world was as compassionate as you. Thank you for saving the pups.

10:14PM PDT on Apr 11, 2014

thank you for caring :)

12:55PM PDT on Apr 10, 2014

so many areirresponsible ! shame on the breeders ! they shouldbe better "observed" in order to prevent the idiotoc ones to go on.

5:40PM PDT on Apr 9, 2014

Great post.

1:48PM PDT on Apr 4, 2014

This is so sad, but thank God it has a happy ending for one puppy. And thank the Good Lord there are some kind hearted people on this cruel planet.

6:09AM PDT on Apr 4, 2014

Bless you. I have a 3 legged cat that was going to be tossed out because it wasn't wanted. She is beautiful and she can run like the wind. Wish there were no breeders. They have to have everything perfect. Those that aren't are considered trash and treated such. When one buys and animal either from a breeder or store that supports puppy mills (horrible places) one more shelter pet does not get a home.

8:56AM PDT on Mar 25, 2014

Nice to know at least one life was saved.The other is free and romping in heaven.But as for the weather in PR,it must really have changed since I was living there in the mid 70's.It was usually hot,then cold in winter.

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