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’¯ 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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Valentina R.
Valentina R.yesterday

F'kin breeders, money-seeking scum among actual dog lovers.

Therese Kutscheid

Thank you for saving that puppy. It shows that there are many people with a heart in the world.

sandy Gardner
sandy Gardner2 days ago

Thank You!

Nickie Johnson
Nickie Johnson7 days ago

Thank you for sharing

Kenneth Fontana
Kenneth Fontana13 days ago

I am very fond of animals and I am so sorry that the small rat mentioned in your article has become extinct or is facing extinction, but to blame human activity onto global warming, the proximate cause of the extinction is, I think going too far. I won't go into the details of my views because it will only cause controversy but the jury is still out. I am more concerned with the fate of racehorses when they are past their useful life and are unlucky enough not to go to stud. I am also concerned about the anti fur brigade who cheerfully wear leather or sport leather goods and wear leather shoes. I am also concerned about the wild mink who are devastating the vole population and the escaped green parrots who are threatening some of our wild bird species and the bovine T.B. being spread by affected badgers who die a painful and lingering death because there are people who like them to suffer and who like fine dairy cows to be slaughtered because they have contracted this devastating disease.

Ann B.
Ann B.14 days ago

there are not enuf HERO'S but the few that are out there DO GREAT WORK!!!!
thank you to all that help any animal

nicky m.
nicky m.15 days ago

The puppies were lucky to have been put in YOUR front yard. It is wonderful that one was saved, but so sad that the other died. You did your best so you are wonderful and caring. I have a cat that is blind and with only one back leg, so no-one wanted him, but he has paid me back a million times for rescuing him and he is very affectionate and a favourite with visitors. Animals with disabilities are even more endearing than those without! They pull at your heart strings even more than the others! I too hope that that heartless breeder has gone out of business!

Izorie Irvin
Izorie Irvin15 days ago

Thanks 4 sharing this, it touch my heart fore the compassion and empathy of the rescuers, if people would practice empathy the earth would be a nicer place too live.

BRUNA Zulian
BRUNA Zulian15 days ago

yes, so many hearthless people, then the Vet's customers, the vet and you Nilgen! Thank you.

Cela V.
Cela V.17 days ago