Usually, an owner surrendering a dog to a shelter is not a good thing. But considering the amount of neglect and suspected abuse of Weebles, it was a good thing. The two to three-year-old Shepherd mix was surrendered to the Bertie County Humane Society shelter in North Carolina on February 28th. Among the woes of Weebles: heartworms and ehrlichia, a large ulceration in his scrotum area, a possible chemical burn on his belly, both ears terribly infected, fly bites on his ears, skin infection, and paws infected between his pads. Yikes!
When East Coast Canine Alliance in Virginia asked for our help so that they could pull Weebles, we agreed at once. He received his initial vetting on March 16th, and had blood work and x-rays done on March 19th. The rescue told us this: “Not sure what someone did to Weebles, but the vet thinks someone rolled him over on his back and literally hit him hard in his scrotal area. The traumatized scrotum is the worst the vet has ever seen. It’s horrific. It’s not just swollen, but there was infection and even necrotic tissue there, so this was done a while ago.”
“Weebles was fine for most of his exam,” the rescue said, “but had to be sedated to examine his belly area, the scrotum and his backend. His belly is fine, but he will not let anyone touch him there, near his scrotum or his backend. We knew it is from the pain and the abuse he has obviously endured. He has learned to trust us and his temporary foster. We know not to overwhelm him and let him show us when he is ready for more socialization. One day at a time for him. We just pray that in time he will overcome all of this. We will give him as much time as he needs.” Click here to view more photos of Weebles.
RADAR paid $250 towards the initial vetting and the pre-heartworm treatment x-rays and blood test costs for Weebles.
UPDATE! All funds for Weebles have been raised! Thank you!
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 Weebles:
Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Anonymous; Elizabeth Lavoie
If you are interested in adopting Weebles, please contact East Coast Canine Alliance.
Added on April 10, 2018.