I have two rescued Shih Tzus in my home, so the following story from the ASPCA really hit home. I am sad to hear of ANY animal abuse. I have first-hand experience with rescued abused Shih Tzus, I do not understand how anyone can harm one of these little adorable dogs or any animal for that matter. If you have any knowledge of animal abuse, please please report it. Call your local animal control agency. I have seen first-hand and have read many stories of how forgiving dogs are after they have been horribly abused, some left for dead.
My daughter, Samantha, adopted Heidi in 2008 after she was abandoned at the kennels my daughter worked at. Turns out she was abused and abandoned many times. Today she is happy and healthy in her forever loving home with her siblings. Samantha adopted a male Shih Tzu, Zeus, in January 2013 after fostering him for a month. His story, briefly, he was brought to a shelter by his owner after neglecting medical care for his eyes. He was to be euthanized for being aggressive and saved his last day by a rescue organization. He had one eye removed and 10% vision in his other eye from abuse. He is a happy well-adjusted doggie now in his forever home. He does occasionally bump into things! Both of these Shih Tzus do not hold a grudge and are very loving!
Tiny Dog Survives Brutal Beating, Finds Home with Volunteer
Eva Podietz is one of the ASPCA’s most dedicated volunteers. Scores of ASPCA animals have benefited from Eva’s care, and the most recent addition to Eva’s furry family is Bentley, a little Shih Tzu who suffered immensely before starting his new life.
Bentley came to us after a devastating kick to the head that left him with a dangerous brain hemorrhage, broken jaw and a broken skull, threatening to destroy his tiny brain stem. He could barely stand or move his legs.
Any sudden movements could have killed Bentley in those early days. ASPCA veterinarians provided critical head trauma care, medications to reduce fluid build-up in his brain, and comprehensive pain management. Our hospital staff could tell that Bentley was a fighter. He survived those initial days. Then the first two weeks. As soon as he could, Bentley began lifting his neck and wagging his tail to greet staffers. And one day, Bentley began to regain use of his legs!
But Bentley was still a bit scared of people, and he wasn’t eating as well as they’d hoped. They placed him in foster care with Eva, and he quickly gained a pound and started to open up. “After a month it was clear it was an adoption, not a foster,” Eva tells us. Now he is showered with love, attends doggy daycare and, despite everything he’s been through, “doesn’t seem to hold a grudge.” Read full story.
- Report Animal Cruelty: The Humane Society of the United States
- ASPCA Reporting Cruelty FAQ/Espanol
- San Diego Humane Society and SPCA
- SPCA LA
- State Animal Cruelty Laws
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