Hope For Paws received a call from Persephone Harrington, a woman who found an elderly homeless dog sheltering under a dumpster at a junkyard. When the emergency services arrived, they found him under the container, in the mud and among the garbage.
After speaking with residents, rescuers learned that the dog’s owner had been evicted nine years ago and the dog had been abandoned. All this time he had been fending for himself on the streets and wondering where his owner was.
People at the scene gave him food, but he wants so much more. Josephnine, aka Pheenie, is a mischievous puppy who needs a loving home, especially now that she is in her prime. Rescuers put a light rope around Pheenie’s neck and waited to see how she would react. Once so gentle and kind, Pheenie emerged directly from the bottom of the shipping container. Upon closer inspection, rescuers discovered that Pheenie was a special historical animal and that all the enamel on her teeth was rotten and gone.
She was immediately taken to CARES where she received proper clinical care and a much-needed bath. The vets discovered that he had discoschondylitis. That’s an infection in the spinal cord. She also had an extreme dental disease and a urinary tract infection. She also had multiple mammary tumors, which is not uncommon in unspayed females.
After the bath, Pheenie lay on the couch with warm blankets. She fell asleep quickly and it was her first happy sleep in nine years.
LOS ANGELES Animal Rescue has offered to take Pheenie into care for the rest of her life. She walked for days, played outside, ran in the snow and experienced true love for the first time in a long time. Pheenie finally learned what every dog’s life should be like.
Five months after her rescue, Pheenie died peacefully, sitting comfortably by the fireplace. Thanks to the lady who asked for help, the HFP rescuers, High-Quality-Vet and the Los Angeles staff. Thanks to Animal Rescue, Pheenie was able to live her last months to the fullest instead of spending them alone under a dumpster.