Who knows how much misery Mariah had endured? When this Boxer, estimated to be 10 years old, arrived as a stray at the Bertie County Humane Society shelter in North Carolina on August 5th, it was clear that Mariah had seen some tough times. She was skin and bones. She appeared to have had a litter recently, and perhaps was dumped now that her breeding days were done. Yet in spite of all that, Mariah was a sweet and loving girl.
Shelter animal advocate Barbara Keller immediately requested RADAR’s help with Mariah (known as Lady at the shelter). We offered to help with her vetting costs to encourage a rescue to pull her. The next day, Operation Save A Shelter Dog in Virginia agreed to take Mariah! “The moment I saw her I just knew she had to come to us,” Julia Buie, who operates the rescue, told us. “With a little fast footwork, we had it all accomplished in about 30 minutes. When we rescued her it was her last day.”
Mariah had her initial vetting on August 10th. “Unfortunately, just as I suspected, our precious little Mariah has tested positive for heartworms,” Julia said. The vet can’t even determine her age because she has been terribly used as a breeder, and severely neglected. On a good note, she is doing very well under the circumstances. They can’t give her any vaccines, except her rabies until she puts on weight. She is also Lyme positive. This poor precious girl.”
The foster for Mariah provided this update for us on September 20th: “Mariah has been having spells several times a week where she gets very confused and disoriented. She also has coughing spells during night. She may be too old and not medically fit to be spayed. She pretty much sleeps all day on the couch, and all night. She’s always on couch!” To see more photos of Mariah, click here.
RADAR paid $189 for the vetting and heartworm medication costs for Mariah.
UPDATE! All funds for Mariah have been raised! Thank you!
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UPDATE! Mariah has been adopted by her foster!
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Added on October 16, 2016.