There is neglect, and then there is flat out cruelty. The treatment, or lack of treatment, that Leo received in his young life is downright cruel. This 14 month old Tibetan Mastiff has been living in sheer misery for so long but today, all of that changes.
Tibetan Mastiff Rescue received a phone call from an individual that needed to surrender his dog that he had purchased as a puppy directly from China. He informed the rescue that his dog had a skin condition and was never allowed in the house. That's pretty much all that all of us knew. Since the rescue did not have any foster homes available, they asked if we could help. A good hearted volunteer from the rescue made the long drive to New York to pick up Leo and transport him to us here at Popcorn Park. When Bob, the volunteer, arrived with our new friend Leo, and we all got a good look at him, our hearts broke for this severely neglected puppy. His condition turned out to be so much more than just a "skin condition"….. poor Leo was falling apart.
Leo spent his entire life outdoors since his arrival from China. He had no shelter whatsoever and was never allowed in the house. We obtained the medical records from the veterinarian that saw Leo several months ago, and discovered that Leo has been suffering with severe infections of the skin, eyes, and ears for the last 7 months. He also suffers from at least two ocular conditions that are causing him a great deal of discomfort. When Leo was seen by the vet, they recommended a variety of treatments from medicated shampoo to surgery for his eyes. His owner declined all of it. He did not treat a single condition that Leo was diagnosed with and just put him back in the yard to suffer in silence.
Leo had a thorough examination by our veterinarian, Dr. Laney Baris, who performed several tests on him. Leo has a severe skin infection that has caused loss of hair, scabs and bleeding sores all over his body, and extreme discomfort. Leo also has terribly infected ears and eyes. He not only has cherry eyes, but he also has entropion in both eyes and will require surgery by an ophthalmologist when his skin clears up. Leo also has an injured hind leg which will require further evaluation, and he is infested with hookworms. As you can imagine, treating all of these conditions will be quite costly and although Leo's former owner paid several thousand dollars for him, he did not donate a penny toward his care. Our Res-Q Fund will again be called on for the extensive medical treatment that Leo will need, so if you would like to contribute toward his care, please make a donation to our Res-Q Fund.
We are absolutely amazed by the demeanor of our new friend Leo. He spent several hours being checked out in our medical department and having his first of many spa days, and Leo was just so calm, pleasant and accepting through it all. He was so agreeable to anything that we needed to do to him, it's simply amazing that he was left alone for all these months in a lonely yard. Leo just loved getting bathed and actually was jumping around and dancing when we shaved his back end where a huge area was covered in mats and scabs. He is already feeling like a new pup and we just can't wait for the day that he is all healed and feeling great again.
Leo is not available for adoption now, as he has a long road to recovery ahead of him, but we will update again soon on his condition. Please stay tuned for more from our gentle giant, Leo.
Read Leo's first update - Jan.12th