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A Blind, 16 Year Old Pit Bull is Safe with FUR

Rescue Never Stops. When other people were enjoying their Saturday night, we were rescuing a blind 16 year old pit bull from a neglect case.

Chase had come into a rural shelter 3 different times. Each time he was found as a stray, roaming the neighborhood and wandering into the street. The first two times he was reclaimed by someone who claimed he wasn't her dog but she was 'taking care of him."

The third time, the shelter staff rightfully refused to give him back. He's extremely emaciated, in terrible shape, and hasn't been given proper care or medical attention for a very long time. He weighs just 38 lbs, and he should be 55 or 60. Not to mention that a blind dog wandering the streets will end badly.

Susan Merrill met Chase when she was at the shelter a couple days earlier, and she was heartbroken. Valerie Losego started reaching out to potential fosters, and Sabrina Clark offered to be a hospice foster for him.

Kelly Thomas was at the shelter yesterday and offered to transport, but Sabrina had an evening commitment. Kelly graciously offered to take him home for a while, and at 9:30 on Saturday night we met at Sabrina's house for a late meet and greet.

Needless to say, everyone fell in love with him. We did several tests of his vision, and it doesn't seem like he can see anything. His front legs are badly bowed, he's almost certainly heartworm positive, and we have no idea what other medical issues he has. At his age, we expect a lot of problems. Despite it all, he's super sweet and affectionate.

We will get him thoroughly checked out at the vet ASAP, and we will get an appointment with Dr. Brown and Animal Eye clinic to see if there’s anything he can do to help Chase.

Thank you Amanda and Christy at Bradford County Animal Control for looking out for the best interests of a badly neglected dog. Thank you Kelly Thomas for advocating and networking him, and Valerie and Susan for putting together a plan. Finally, a huge Thank You to Sabrina for opening your home and your heart to a senior dog in need.

We're happy and relieved that we could welcome this sweet boy into FUR. We have no idea how much time he has left. All we can promise is that we'll give him lots of love, and give him the best care we possibly can.

𝗙𝗨𝗥 𝗠𝗢𝗡𝗧𝗛𝗟𝗬 𝗚𝗜𝗩𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗣𝗥𝗢𝗚𝗥𝗔𝗠 Sick and injured animals like Chase need help fast. Every donation helps, but Monthly donors give us flexibility to respond immediately when there is an emergency. When there is a hoarding case or a hurricane, a dog with a gunshot wound or a cruelty case, we have to act quickly. We don't have time to do a fundraiser, and wait for those funds to get to us. Your monthly donation can help us save lives again and again. To learn more, please visit:

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