Sweet Pea was found on April 26th -- she had been dumped on the side of the road and her face was so swollen and disfigured it was difficult to even tell what breed she is.
We will never know what happened for sure, but we suspect without too much doubt she was used as a bait dog, that she was in some horrific dog fights, and that the wounds and the festering infection in her face and mouth are not new. We believe she was likely dumped after she was of no more use as a fighter and left to die. Her story is doubly sad when we realized this dog, who has been through hell, is a sweet and loving soul (hence her name). She has no reason to trust mankind, and yet she loves with all her heart.
Sweet Pea was taken to the emergency vet immediately upon rescue. She had a massive infection in her face and mouth, her eyes were swollen with ulcers, her spleen and lymph nodes were enlarged, she was very anemic, and she has a category-2 heart murmur. She is in enormous pain, but all who meet her maintain that she is a tremendously kind and sweet dog.
Today, Sweet Pea had surgery to remove almost all the skin on her face -- it was necrotic and could not be saved. She will remain in the hospital for 10 more days and will then need follow-up appointments as she recovers. We raised the donations for her ER visit and today's surgery, but we still need to raise the funds to keep her in the hospital.
For the first time in this sweet soul's life, she now knows love. We are hopeful that she continues to see that humans can be good and compassionate.
Please help us heal Sweet Pea. Her remaining bill will be over $1,500 and the average cost for her care and medication is $150/day, which will continue for the foreseeable future.
We appreciate anything you can do to help make her whole again.