Rescue
Discarded In Dumpster, Paralyzed Dog Had Given Up Hope
"This girl wants to live. We were going to do everything in our power to get her going again."
Jonathan Maes
07.16.18

Things didn’t look very bright at all for Susanna, a poor pup who was tragically abandoned at a dumpster and was in a paralyzed state. Thrown away like a piece of trash, Susanna’s life was hanging on a loose thread.

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Luckily, a Good Samaritan and animal lover spotted the pup and made sure that she’d receive all the attention she deserved.

When Isabel Zapata first found her in a Florida dumping ground, she realized that this pup was in a very severe condition.

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Susanna could barely move and fleas and ticks were completely covering her fur. The four-footer was both extremely exhausted and hungry. She was in no condition to move or even tilt her head.

Isabel knew that she needed help, so she called the Gulfstream Guardian Angels Rottweiler Rescue organization. They quickly agreed to take Susanna in and treat her.

“Animals are just routinely dumped out there to die,” Laurie Kardon of the rescue organization told The Dodo. “It’s a very dangerous place because there are a lot of trucks going through there at high speeds. It’s just heartbreaking. So many don’t make it.”

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The woman who found the pup enlisted the help of a couple of other Good Samaritans and lifted Susanna into a truck because she was too weak to move.

They immediately headed to an animal hospital to administer first aid and run a bunch of tests. The diagnosis was that Susanna was completely paralyzed because of an unknown reason, and doctors feared that the pup would never be able to walk independently again.

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Slowly but surely, the pup started to stabilize.

She remained at the animal hospital for a couple of more days to undergo more tests and treatments. When she regained a bit of strength, she was transferred to the Clint Moore Animal Hospital to figure out exactly what was wrong with her.

The doctors then realized that her paralysis was likely caused by psychological factors. In other words, she couldn’t move simply because she’d been so horribly abused in the past.

All of Susanna’s bones were relatively fine and she also had zero issues with her spine. The doctors did see numerous signs of harsh abuse.

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“She had some arthritis and physical deformities to her legs, which make us think she was just stuffed into a crate since puppyhood,” the animal rescuer told. “She was likely in there most of her life and used for breeding. And when breeders are done with dogs, they just dump them.”

Despite her being completely deprived of energy, the rescuers knew that this pup wanted to live and lead a happy life again.

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By Jonathan Maes
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Jonathan Maes is a contributing writer at Shareably. He can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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