Critter Mama Rescue, Inc. in Florida does their part to make sure animals are given a second chance when someone has given up on them.
Shelter animals stem anywhere from well-groomed pets who are given up under sad circumstances, to animals left dying on the road who need desperate help.
When Robin Roberts, the group's founder, was contacted by an owner of five Lhasa apsos dogs who needed to get rid of his dogs before his landlord found out about them, she figured it couldn't be that bad.
"The concept of having five adoptable, well cared for Lhasas sounded fine," Roberts said.
But when the owner handed the dogs over, Roberts realized she and her rescue were in for a hard time.
"We gasped in horror," Roberts said. "These creatures didn't have faces or feet. They literally could not walk or see. The stench drifted across the parking lot and hit us hard; smelling of urine, feces and filthy dogs."
Roberts knew this case was too much for just her shelter to deal with, so she called in Suncoast Animal League.
"The mats on these dogs were so thick, one of the dog's ears was stuck to her head," Rick Chaboudy of SAL said. "Feces and urine were caked into the mats, but their feet were the worst. The dogs could barely walk due to having 2 inches of matted fur between their paws and the ground." Poking through the fur were toenails overgrown by 3 or 4 inches and twisted in several directions.
The poor dogs were treated by vets, which they had evidently never seen before. They were riddled with parasites and decaying teeth. The only explanation is that these dogs came from a puppy mill. All of the dogs are either partially or fully blind, and had to learn to trust humans again.
Each dog also had to learn to walk again.
Now, each dog has found a happy and loving home, and will live out their golden years safe and happy!