While residents of Tucker County, West Virginia, were wrapping up the holiday season, Sam was lost and hungry. They say that nobody knows you when you’re down and out, but clearly Sam had a guardian angel. Of all the houses for this seven-year-old Mastiff mix to find, Sam turned up at the home of the newly-elected county commissioner!
Sam must have been cold and starving for quite a while. His hip bones and ribs were showing, and he was suffering hair loss from a skin condition. The merciful commissioner, whose name just might be Mr. Good Samaritan, gave Sam shelter and food. Surely someone would be looking for this sweet humble grateful dog. And although he was dragging a broken chain, he was not the ghost of Christmases past. When no one called the shelter to report a lost dog, the commissioner took Sam to the Tucker County Animal Shelter on January 6th.
Cathy Parsons, the shelter manager, appealed to RADAR for help with Sam on January 9th. We immediately offered to cover his vetting costs, which took place on January 20th. A skin scrape was negative for mites; perhaps the hair loss was due to a food allergy. Sam was started on medications and a nutritional supplement. All of that and a special shampoo has Sam looking like a new dog already.
Cathy says, “Sam gets along with other dogs and loves people! He is very smart and a quick learner. He loves toys!” We hear that Sam likes to play, but not the hunger games! To view more photos of Sam, click here.
RADAR paid all of Sam’s initial vetting, treatment and neutering costs of $216.
UPDATE! All funds for Sam have been raised! Thank you!
UPDATE! Sam has been adopted!
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Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Sam:
Sandra Hardy; Chad McNeal; Colleen Pilliod; Tina Muncy
Added on February 7, 2015.