Kentucky has abandonment issues. There is no law for those found who have abandoned their pets. People do it all to often. For whatever reason, people leave their animals behind and let someone else clean up the mess. And a mess it has become.
Meet Rex. Rex is a border collie mix. He and his friend Shadow were dropped off in a small Kentucky neighborhood. One resident said she saw the white car stop at the end of the street shortly before sunrise. The door opened, out popped the two dogs, and off the car went. When two children went to meet their bus, the two dogs greeted them.
Rex was as big as he was going to get. Shadow was still a puppy. After school, the dogs were still wandering the street. The two students who had met them that morning ended up, like any other child, wanting to help them. The two students were myself and my brother. I was in eighth grade and had just lost my cat of thirteen years to old age and an accident.
Our mother told us to feed the puppies, but not to tell our step-father. At 11:30 when he did get home, he saw Shadow, the smaller of the two dogs, and decided they needed food. From there the dogs were moved to our garage away from the dog we already had. After a week with an ad in the News-Enterprise and no claims for the two dogs, we took them to the vet. The bigger of the two, we named Rex. Rex was deemed a border collie mix with the possibility of sheltie. He was estimated at nine months old.
The smaller dog was estimated by a Radcliff vet at five weeks old. She was a lab/ rottweiler/ pit bull mix. She was dumped with Rex at the end of some neighborhood in 2001 three weeks before it is recommended a puppy be separated from its mother. Despite the two breeds known for “aggression” she was a very sweet dog.
In May of this year, a good friend of mine posted a frightening post on face book along with some pictures. His daughter came inside beside herself at a helpless creature on the porch of their home. Merlyn Seely and his wife brought the animal inside. She was a toy chihuauha so malnourished that standing on her own seemed a chore.
“I went out and found the dog standing, shaking on my front porch,” he said. “She was very weak and very abused-looking.” When asked how he came into the poor dog, he said , “Someone just drove up to our house and left her on our porch.”
Merlyn and his wife Angel took the dog in and named her Kitai, which means Hope. I spoke with them as soon as I saw the pictures and decided I had to have her. I was given sad news when they said she was so weak she might not even make it. Kitai was found severely underweight, even for her size, extremely dehydrated and had obvious signs of abuse.
I met Kitai about a week later. She had improved, however still was in bad shape. You could see all her bones in her legs, her spine, her ribs and her neck. She walked a little awkward as her back legs appeared to have some damage done. They may have been broken at one point or her hips dislocated. She only has about eight teeth, all of her front teeth are missing. She has maybe two teeth top and bottom on both sides. She also has Glaucoma and a respiratory problem causing her to cough frequently.
Today, Rex and Kitai are still with us. Shadow had to be euthanized due to possible cancer and a severe infection in her mouth that had gone unnoticed. She presented symptoms only two days before her vet visit. She was also experiencing kidney failure. We had Shadow with us for a rich and wonderful 10 years. Rex is now eleven years old and Kitai is estimated at about seven years. Kitai has now reached a healthy weight, despite having almost no teeth. She still has a cough and some days are better than others. Otherwise Kitai and Rex are in great health.
If you cannot keep a pet, please do not dump them on the streets. They are not conditioned for life there and will not survive. You are purposely setting these animals up for certain death if you do this. To put an animal in a situation it cannot survive is a form of cruelty. Call the humane society, call the pound, call a friend to help you out, but do not just abandon your pet.