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

Editor’s note: This post is a Care2 favorite. It was originally published on June 26, 2012. Enjoy!

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’Ł 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 higháhopes 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 Iáhope 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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David C
David C2 days ago


Carl R
Carl R5 days ago


Janet B
Janet B8 days ago


Sharon B
Sharon B9 days ago

Thank you for sharing

silja s
silja salonen9 days ago

puppy mills, and breeders with their eye on profits are a bane to this lucrative international business. thank you for posting this story. it is important to know the dark side of this business... and a huge thanks for the happy endings.

Danuta W
Danuta W10 days ago

Thanks for sharing

Christine S
Christine S13 days ago

Humans can be so ignorant and cruel, insensitive and uncaring.

Mike R
Mike R18 days ago

This is 1 story with a good ending. The majority don't end this way. Breeders are vile human beings.

Kimberly Wallace
Kimberly Wallace19 days ago

Very sad.

SHAYNA C22 days ago

those poor dogs. it's the breeders fault they were deformed because the breeders do inbreeding. rotten, idiotic, evil, non-human......they should be blaming themselves for them being deformed-not the dogs themselves. i know there had to be more deformed dogs from their time of inbreeding. didn't they think more deformed dogs were going to happen?! thank you for sharing. it's so sad, but there's a happy ending.