I asked Roxy if there are any interested parties. She said not yet. He is now named Winston. Roxy wrote:On Sun, Aug 11, 2013 at 5:15 PM, DGGYLUV <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
**************************Not yet. But, OMG, he is coming out of his shell!!! He got a bath, and did so well, he is good with other dogs, and played with a female Am Bulldog in the yard, and he knows fetch! So at some point he had an owner....I guess the shut-down came from being on the streets and probably bullied. It was more depression and hopelessness than anything. He was moved to public kennels as a result!!! :o)))
Has $525 in pledges. $200 of it is to reputable rescue only!
No name A1545328 WILL DIE AT SAN DIEGO SHELTER!
A1545328 is labeled as a male, white and brown tiger American Bulldog mix who the shelter staff think is about 2 years old. He was impounded Aug 01, 2013. Shelter photo above. More photos herebelow.
Roxy C. is going to visit him again in a couple of hours with some treats and hopes that he will connect a little. She will speak with the impounding officer. She heard the shelter is working with the sad pup :-)
Roxy forwarded the following urgent message today and took the great photos below:
No name, 1545328, at San Diego Central shelter. Ask for supervisors Alisa or Tiffany. 619.236.4250.
Please help, share, donate ... he needs everything to be helped!
I AM BEGGING FOR HELP FOR ONE OF THE MOST HOPELESS, SADDEST, MOST NEGLECTED, LONELY DOGS I HAVE SEEN IN A LONG TIME!
I honestly don't believe this dog HAS HAD ANY LOVE OR A GOOD DAY IN A LONG TIME IF EVER! I have seen a lot of sad cases in my 8 years of rescue, but this one is tearing me up. This dog, who is nameless and somewhere between 2 and 4 yrs old, is HEARTBREAKING! I have no doubt that he has been surviving on the streets for some time. I am also certain that his short life has been nothing but miserable so far. This dog who should be so handsome and happy, was born to live a sad life of fear and misery! PLEASE HELP ME CHANGE HIS FATE!!! He will be a stunning boy once healthy and clean, and I can see a good spirit in him, of a dog who wants to be loved, trusting and will be loyal! IF THERE IS A DOG WHO DESERVES A CHANCE, IT IS HIM!
He is currently at the San Diego Central Shelter, ID # 1545328, has just become available, and WILL NOT BE KEPT PAST THIS WEEKEND! Due to being extremely shut down and scared, he is not being put in the public kennels, to be seen. They feel the noise and high traffic would be too traumatic for him, and I have to agree. THIS POOR GUY IS TERRIFIED!!! Sadly, due to the fact that he is in the back, he is not seen. We are his only chance to get out alive and to get to know what real life should be like!
His story: I was on my way to walk my friend's dogs when I saw several people carefully standing by a dog on a high traffic street, with food and water, and the hopes to get him near them. The dog was a very beautiful, but extremely dirty, skinny and neglected American Bulldog. I immediately parked the car and attempted to assist. Apparently, some of the people had seen him in this 2 block square area before, and have attempted to friend him, with no luck. He would always get within about 10 feet and any sudden movement would make him run off. On this hot day, this wonderful lady brought out food and water for him, and the neighborhood folks were hoping to help him. With food and lots of slow movement, we got him withing 6 feet of us or so. He was definitely very hungry and thirsty. He kept coming back looking for more, when he felt it was safe. He literally ate about 1 lb of food and drank a gallon of water (and I am not exaggerating). It was obvious he had not had food or water in a while. This beautiful dog looked so sad, and weak. He constantly had his tail between his legs, made very little eye contact and was wary of any noise or activity. We were very worried for him, as the area he was living in, borders a freeway off-ramp and a busy street. For about 3 hours people tried to catch him, but he was extremely evasive and non trusting of humans. At one point we got really scared, as he got on to the freeway off-ramp! This dog needed help and fast...he was in danger of abuse, getting hit by a car, and did not look healthy. Some of the people called Animal Control to help get him out of harm's way. I don't live in the area, and had to go. The next day, I called AC and found out he had been captured that morning and brought in. He had to be tranquilized to be caught (not because he was a danger, but because his time on the streets had made him very stealthy). I have to add that while people were trying to catch him, other people passed by and not once did he show any type of aggression. He never growled, barked, or took a threatening stance. He was just extremely fearful.
Over the past week, I kept in touch with the shelter to get updates on him. For several days after he got there, the poor guy was eating well, but had bad diarrhea and was throwing up. His skin shows neglect and he has lots of scratches, scars and lacerations. He is one of the most sad and depressed dogs I have ever seen. He is still very shut down, terrified of people, and avoids eye contact. However, once again, he has not shown any aggression at all. He just sits frozen in fear, occasionally turning his back, expecting the worst.
I went to visit him yesterday, and took the pictures above. He is still so sad and shut down, however, he did give us some really shy tail wags. The tail was low, the head was low, but he wagged for just a little bit. He looked at us with the saddest of eyes, and after very brief eye contact, he would look away and/or turn his body. I tried to touch his back side through the cage, and he flinched hard, in a very scared way. He did not growl, or do anything remotely defensive, which makes me pretty sure he is a very sweet soul. He just looked at me with those sad eyes. It seems his vomiting has stopped and he now has normal bowel movements. There was a bit of feces in the kennel and it was solid and normal.
Due to the fact that the shelter has been constantly at capacity this summer, THEY WILL NOT KEEP HIM MORE THAT A FEW DAYS (he just became available on Wed). As shut down and neglected as he is, they feel he will not be adopted. THEY ARE GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO NETWORK HIM IN HOPES OF GETTING HIM RESCUED!
I am truly begging for someone to be this dog's hero and turn his fate around. It will be a TRUE RESCUE EFFORT. He will need to be checked out by a vet, will need a nice, calm place to decompress and gentle, loving, care to teach him that people do care and he can trust. HE NEEDS TO LEARN WHAT LOVE IS, AS HE HAS NO IDEA!!!
THIS IS ONE SOUL WHO HAS NEVER HAD A CHANCE AND NEEDS US! HE CAN'T DIE WITHOUT HAVING KNOWN HAPPINESS! IT WOULD BE TRAGIC AND HEARTLESS!!!
I will be going to visit him again today and will update. THIS BABY HAS ME IN TEARS!