Wednesday, April 14, 2010

German Shepherd Chained and Starved for Five Weeks: Survives by Eating Dirt

This is heartbreaking - Courage was down to 37 pounds when rescued. Typical male Shepherd weight is 75-85 pounds. Veterinary x-rays showed evidence of dirt and rock ingestion. He is expected to recover fully, and a $1000 reward is being offered for details leading to an arrest.



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48 comments:

  1. I'm getting a weather report on the video, but that description is heartbreaking. why, why, why do people have to do such mean things to helpless animals?

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  2. Ah, there were go. Video works now. That poor, poor dog..

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  3. Oh my friend sent this to me last night. It is absolutely HORRIFYING...there are no words to describe how I felt when reading about Courage...or to what I would like to do to his "owners".

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  4. Anonymous11:14 AM

    WTF is wrong with people !!! Find the bastard that did this and chain him/her to a tree until they starve to death...
    Let them eat dirt !!!

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  5. I will NEVER understand how some people can be so cruel. So thankful Courage is going to be OK! And I hope they find and punish the person responsible.

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  6. Can't view the video but I can imagine that poor dog.....

    Those responsible have to be punished but if they can be so cruel, I doubt they would have any remorse.

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  7. I love all dogs, but GSDs hold a special place in my life, heart and soul. My heart breaks for this dog, and I am so glad he is in a better place.

    This is happening everywhere. I subscribe to a number of rescue sites and it is just never ending and getting worse.

    One dog, cat or hose gets rescued and there''s 100 more behind needing help.

    It's overwhelming and depressing.

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  8. Thank goodness someone brought this beautiful pup to the vet office. How horrible. :(

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  9. Kelley Scott11:52 AM

    I hope Courage gets the home he deserves now and I hope the LOSERS that did this to this precious animal gets what they deserve! KARMA! It gets you every time!
    Get well soon Courage! You have lots of people rooting for you!

    Is there anyway to send him donations? Treats? Toys? Please let me know:
    bilzwmn1@yahoo.com

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  10. Anonymous11:53 AM

    I cried when I saw him, it rips me apart to see animals treated so badly. Don't these people (not people but CREEPS!!!) realize that animals feel, they love, they care and they depend on us to to love and take care of them. I too feel that who ever did this should be chained outside for 5-6 weeks without food or water and every time they beg for it show them a picture of what they did to Courage and let them know the pain and suffering he went through by going through it themselves. I hope they find out who did this and I pray they pay dearly for it. The woman who reported him should come forward and give up the name of who it was who did this to him but I thank God she did what she did because she saved his life. A Godbless to all who worked with him to save him!!!

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  11. Woof! Woof! What a story indeed!!! Courage glad he is going to fine n hope to find the people who did this to him. Thanks for sharing. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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  12. I just can't believe how some people think these days... it's so sad.

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  13. For once, I just don't have the words. I'll simply say that I hope Courage moves on to lead the life he deserves and forget about this chapter in his life. There are better things ahead for him!

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  14. I do not understand the cruelty of some people. Lots of Zen to Courage that he finds a wonderful home with loving humans for the rest of his years.

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  15. We can't understand this. No animal should ever have to go through this!

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  16. So sad. It really tugged at my heart strings and makes me want to squeeze my little pudgy dog a little harder. What a sweet dog - you could tell it has a great little personality.

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  17. Oh, how awful and so sad. That dog certainly is courageous!!! Hope his new home appreciates his goodness.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

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  18. I saw that on the news somewhere also. I've been seeing too much lately about abused and neglected animals. I just don't know what to think anymore...

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  19. how can people be so cruel to an animal that just wants to be loved and is so loyal and trusting? I believe in karma. lets hope it gets this person good....

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  21. I couldn't even watch the video. The description was sickening enough.

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  22. This is disgusting! But unfortunately not a rare occurrence. The three puppies that I began fostering in February were not in this bad of shape but they did survive the first 2-3 months of their lives by eating each others poop, as that was all they had available to them. You could count each and every bone in their little bodies! I can only hope that the people who do such cruel things to animals get similar treatment only 10 fold. This thinking is the only way that I can keep from going out and killing them all.

    Well Courage you are on your way to a happy life so many more out there do not get this chance. If only we had more people out there to foster and rescue!

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  23. Mayzie's mom here. My heart aches when I hear stories like this. Our Mayzie was starved as well - but not to the extent of poor Courage. How people can treat another living being like this is something I can never wrap my mind around. Courage is very lucky and I hope that his life from now on is filled with love and is free from want.

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  24. I find lately I cannot watch or read stuff about cruelty to dogs. There has been some terrible stuff just lately in our news over here, just breaks my heart. Dogs are so vulnerable, so trusting, so loving, I have no idea why people are so cruel.

    Sometimes I am ashamed to admit I am human.

    oh and no worries about the photo - on our blog - we share happily with all our bestest dog blog friends no worries, but thanks for asking anyways, I am glad you liked our pic!

    love and much light, Jeannie and Marvin xxxxxxxxxxx

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  25. I sure hope the woman who brought him in takes up that offer on $1k reward. seems she "knows" who did it but didn't want to get involved (maybe afraid?). It's disgusting. that dog is beautiful. and his/her temper seems to be so sweet. I love all dogs, but GSD's hold a special place in my heart too. I hope Courage finds a loving home.

    Last year, in that same area (central CA) there was a GSD who was hung and ematiated. Her name was Precious and the animal rescuer adopted her. People who do this aren't human. And we have to wonder what they will do to humans let alone animals.

    infuriating. glad she was found. it would have been such a waste to lose this sweet soul.

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    1. Anonymous5:11 PM




      there is a disgusting german dog training technique called "shine" which employs hanging a dog by the neck from a fence..supposed to "train" them somehow.. i worked for a brief time for a fat pig who called herself a groomer who would scream at the little yorkies.. she is the one who told me about this and she seemed to favor it

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  26. We can't understand how some hoomans can be so evil and uncaring. We're so glad that Courage is safe and loved now!

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

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  27. OMD, how horrid! Thank you so much for posting this and getting the word out.

    I do NOT understand how someone can be so cruel to an animal!!!!! I hope an arrest is made and that the person(s) responsible are treated the same way they treated Courage.

    Sadly, too many see animals as beneath them and think nothing of this kind of treatment.

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  28. Horrible. Momma is saying bad words
    Benny & Lily

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  29. Poor courage! Mommy says he lives where the Miami animal police work, so we hope that the animal police get those horrible people.
    Sally Ann

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  30. Our first German Shepherd, Sasha, came from a similar situation. Abandoned in the back yard on a chain in the middle of summer when her owners went on an extended vacation. She weighed fifty pounds when we got her and she was appallingly thin. Poor Courage. There is a special place in hell for people who treat animals like that.

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  31. People are just so mean.

    Greyhound Kisses,
    Jazz

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  32. I hope they find the loser who did this and tie THEM to a tree for 5 weeks!#@!!!!!

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  33. CRACK HEADS!
    No wonder I like animals so much more than people.

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  34. *sniff*
    Courage is so fortunate. I'm so glad he is recovering.

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  35. We vote that the unhuman that did this gets chained to their tree fur five weeks x seven -

    See how they fare -

    Thanks fur sharing this -

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra

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  36. How horrible! What a poor little sweetie! I hope he finds someone to love him and care for him for forever. This sort of story just breaks my heart!

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  37. Big tears here :( That poor animal. It just breaks my heart.

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  38. I can't even TYPE what I want to........it would be pulled in a heartbeat. Hm,,,,,let me think...what did the "thing" not have that did this to that poor angel....oh yea..........NO HEART BEAT...do NOT get me going....Five , no make it one minute with the A-------.

    ....sorry, making me crazy reading about it.

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  39. Ugh, this is so sad. We are so happy that he is safe now.

    Love,
    Teddy Bear

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  40. poor courage. some people are so heartless.

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  41. sooo sad..
    wish Courage a long and happy life from now on.

    Preston

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  42. How could anyone do that? I'm so glad that he'll recover, and hopefully have a life full of people to love him and feed him well.

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  43. People. Dogs are better companions than we deserve.

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  44. Machelle7:38 PM

    Dogs would never do this to their human. Courage, I would love to have you in my home to love and cherish, to make up for the pain you have endured

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  45. Anonymous5:19 PM

    there is a disgusting german dog training technique called "shine" (may be spelled differently) which employs hanging a dog by the neck from a fence..supposed to "train" them somehow.. i worked for a brief time with a fat pig who called herself a groomer who would scream at the little yorkies.. she is the one who told me about this and she seemed to favor it

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