Letter to the Editor: Dog’s best friend

To all of the beautiful people who responded to my plea for help in the case of the three neglected and abandoned pit bulls, here is the update that you have requested:
You are a constant reminder that more people are good than bad. We had an overwhelming response of love [and] care, and an outpouring of concern for these sweet and innocent animals. Thanks to the Long Beach Animal Care Services and the treatment that they provided while in their custody, the three pit bulls will never look like they first did upon being rescued.
Because of you, they have all left the shelter in good hands. Many of you asked me to update their story, and requested where donations may be sent for their care. All three dogs have a long road ahead of them to recovery and require a lot of medical attention.
The female dog was adopted by a lovely lady in San Diego. For both person and dog, it was love at first sight. I had been visiting the dogs in the shelter up to now, and assuring the female that one day she would be beautiful. As she was led on a leash into the shelter lobby, everyone gaped at her, and even in her state of drying sores, new hair sprouting in random spurts, and her wrinkled mouth, onlookers expressed that she was convincingly gorgeous.
She will be receiving medical care at: Rancho Mesa Veterinary Hospital, 8710 Miramar Rd., San Diego, CA 92126, (858) 566-0422.
You can donate directly to the hospital, by either sending a check in the mail, or calling the hospital with a credit or debit transaction. Specify that it is for the care of Roseanne’s pit bull.
The two brothers were thrilled to finally be reunited. We thank Ruffles Rescue organization for taking both and not just one of them. One of the brother dogs is hardier and larger. The other is smaller, possibly more underdeveloped, and will struggle more for renewed vitality. He was anxious and confused, but Christina, the impassioned founder of Ruffles, knew exactly what she was doing to provide the comfort and reassurance that he needed for the car ride back to Exeter, California. She assured us that they will be fostered in a home, not a kennel– something these dogs have probably never known.
Their medical care will be provided by Lacey Animal Hospital, 12181 West Lacey Blvd., Hanford, CA 93230, (559) 584-9251.
You can donate directly to the hospital, if you prefer, by either sending a check in the mail, or calling the hospital with a credit or debit transaction. Specify that it is for the care of the two pit bull brothers, or the Ruffles Rescue organization.
I promise all of you that I will not send you a letter like this every week. But on that promise, and on one of my recent visits to the shelter, a small Cairn terrier was brought in, after being stabbed 12 times, by someone who must have been insane. Yet, the small dog survived and waits for what comes next. This is one more example of the arduous tasks that every animal shelter faces every single day. The shelters are overrun by the tragedy of pet overpopulation, ignorance regarding how to be a responsible pet owner, and the outright abuse of animals. Simultaneously, they are dealing with severe financial cuts and economic constraints that make it very difficult to do everything that is required to change this situation.
Thank you all for your generous help in the care of these three dogs, whose lives will get better now, thanks to, for them, a whole new world of kindness.

Deborah Turner
Long Beach

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