Fate has been both cruel and kind to Charlie. The most recent – and tragic – twist of cruel fate involved not only Charlie, but a companion dog as well. Late on May 15th, the two stray dogs were hit by a truck in a remote area of Tucker County, WV. The other dog was killed. By the time animal control arrived, Charlie could not be found.
Two days later, Charlie was found in tall grass by the side of the road near where he had been hit. This time, fate was on his side. He was taken to the Tucker County Animal Shelter, and they immediately took him to the vet. Other than being very thin and a bit sore, Charlie had no serious injuries from being hit. But another unfortunate fate of Charlie’s was confirmed: he’s blind.
The vet determined that Charlie has retinal detachment in both eyes, and has probably been blind for most, if not all, of his life. It’s possible that the other dog was his “seeing eye” dog, and may have even lost his life trying to protect Charlie.
Charlie is a German Shepherd-Hound mix, and is estimated to be three years old. The kind and caring folks at the shelter note that Charlie uses both his sense of smell and his paws to find his way around. Shelter director Cathy Parsons says, “This is the sweetest dog ever!” Even though Charlie can’t see, he must surely sense that his fate is now in good hands. For additional photos of Charlie, click here.
As a truly at-risk dog, RADAR has committed to pay all of Charlie’s $169 of vet expenses. His initial exam, vaccines, testing and neutering were all covered because of your donations to RADAR! And some good news for Charlie… he’s HW negative!
UPDATE! RADAR has now PAID the $169 for Charlie’s vet visit. Thank you for your support!
UPDATE! Charlie was adopted on June 25th, and will now be able to live the good life in North Carolina!
UPDATE! Charlie has a new sister, Luna (aka Hailey). She is also a RADAR-assisted dog!
If you would like to help us have the ability to help other dogs, please visit our Donations page.
Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Charlie:
Jennifer Siegert; Mary Brown Haak
Added on May 23, 2012.