Dog left for dead in trash, rescued by woman and will make full recovery

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A miracle dog named Gladys was getting a second chance at life thanks to good Samaritans who recently rescued the dog in California after her owner or owners left her for dead.

KTLA reports the abused and neglected dog was discovered in a trash bag on the side of the road two days before Thanksgiving by a woman who was out for an early morning walk, according to a news release from the Fontana Police Department.

“She was there inside the bag. She was scared and cold,” said Karen Herrera, who rescued the dog. “I patted her on the back of her spine and she started, she was bleeding.”

Herrera called police and another person came out wrapped the dog in a blanket as they waited for animal services officers to arrive.

Gladys, who suffered from bite marks and a treatable skin condition called “Mange,” was then immediately taken to General Dog and Cat Hospital and San Bernardino and treated for her injuries.

“It is a felony in California to subject any animal to unjustifiable suffering and neglect,” Fontana Animal Services Supervising Officer Jamie Simmons said in the news release. “If you cannot afford veterinary care, there are other options such as rescue groups, local shelters, or humane euthanasia through a licensed veterinarian to prevent its suffering.”

It was not known who dumped the dog, and no arrests have been made in the case.

Gladys, meanwhile, was recovering at Sunshine Haven Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation, where she was being showered with “love and attention,” the release stated.

“When she came in, she was kind of depressed, she was this sad dog that doesn’t move much…not much activity,” said Karolyn Vervill, who was treating her at Sunshine Haven.

Based on the dog’s injuries, Vervill believed that the dog may have been used as an attack dog to train pit bulls.

“It’s horrific, it’s horrific,” she said.

In the week since she came to Sunshine Rescue, Gladys has made significant improvements. Her skin was clearing up, her bite marks were healing and she appeared to be playing well with other dogs.

Gladys was expected to make a full recovery within the next few months, at which time she would be put up for adoption.

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  • Debbie Bell

    Is the group that places this dog back into a community going to educate the new owners that this dog can never, ever, not for a moment, become a loose dog?

    Just because she lost her last fight and was therefore an embarrassment to her sociopathic owners, after she regains her strength she might be very “good” at killing a neighbor or passerby dog.

    That’s what pits were created to do. That’s why all USA and all UK dog men choose ONLY pits.

    Google dog attack, or dog killed. Daily there are new dog murders, committed by good pits, doing what their instincts tell them to do, and most attacks do not make the news.

    How do we know these attacks happen? The pit owners contact our rescue trying to get rid of their pit because it “bit” the neighbor dog, and they now are “pit bull aware”. Now they no longer want the inherent risk of living with THE dog that is the best at killing dogs, and holds the record for the most human dismemberments, amputations and fatalities.

    Bit the neighbor dog? “Well, er, killed her.”

  • marianne

    Good to see that it comes up in the news in the US, here in Spain it happens every day and never comes up in the news, well, maybe if a dog of somebody famous gets hurt.

  • arubatom

    Leave the “trash” that left the dog in the trash, in the trash as well…trash that will soon be compacted. Hard to imagine people being able to live with themselves, doing something like this…yet these morons walk among us!!!