Former Bait Dog Too Depressed To Lift Her Own Head
When you come across a dog-fighting operation, it is not a pretty sight. Dozens of neglected and severely emaciated dogs are tied up with heavy chains and left with no food or water. Sometimes these traumatic experiences scar a dog for life, while others still crave attention and love from humans. Rescuers from the SPCA …

When you come across a dog-fighting operation, it is not a pretty sight. Dozens of neglected and severely emaciated dogs are tied up with heavy chains and left with no food or water. Sometimes these traumatic experiences scar a dog for life, while others still crave attention and love from humans.

Rescuers from the SPCA of Texas found 14 dogs at a suspected dog-fighting operation in Able Springs, Texas, in August. When rescuer Madeline Yeaman walked up to the site, all of the dogs were jumping and wanting her attention. All of the dogs but one.

That’s when they noticed her. Emaciated and severely hydrated, she was knocking at death’s door. She had a giant collar clamped to her neck that was attached to a heavy chain tied to an old car axle. She had no shelter for her to hide from the scorching Texas sun.

She was in such bad health that she became too weak to even move. It took time to get her to stand, since all she wanted to do was sit there with her head down. The veterinarian examined this poor pup, and said she had “almost no blood pumping through her veins.”

They took her in immediately to get her treatment started, and named her Gwen Stefani. The first thing they did was hose off her cracked, wounded, flea-infested skin. She was given multiple blood transfusions, and of course water and food.

As days went by, Gwen began picking her head up higher and higher until she felt like a dog again. “No longer was Gwen lethargic and hopeless,” the SPCA wrote. “She greets everyone with a wiggly body, wagging tail and trademark pit bull smile.”

As her body healed, her spirit began to shine and she started breaking out of her shell. Now she enjoys running around outside and getting showered with love and attention, all of the things that most dogs take for granted.

“She’s definitely not missing anything,” Yeaman told The Dodo. “She’s got people loving on her all day long. She gets to go play outside all day long. It’s amazing what a change of environment and care and people can male in a dog’s view of the world.”

Gwen is a very happy dog, and has since found a loving home!

Gwen has an announcement! <3

Each day Gwen’s beautiful smile warms our heart! She has come a long way from being the lonely, skinny, and scared dog we first met on that hot summer day. Gwen is now at a healthy weight, loves to play, and has a shiny coat that would make most girls jealous. The best part of this update is that as of today, Gwen is available for adoption! None of this would be possible without you, so please help us on our mission to save more animals like Gwen by making a donation to the SPCA of Texas on September 22, 2016 during North Texas Giving Day. Thank you for your #NTXGivingDay support!

Posted by SPCA of Texas on Thursday, September 15, 2016
Gwen is ready to find her forever home. <3

It’s hard to believe that Gwen is the same dog we met almost 2 months ago. She was so thin and defeated the day we met her, her recovery is nothing short of remarkable. Her kindness is one of the many things that we love most about her; even after everything she endured she still loves people so much. Gwen is here today, available for adoption and looking for her forever home, because of your support. When you donate to the SPCA of Texas you are helping animals like her get a second chance at life. Please continue to show your support tomorrow during North Texas Giving Day, starting @ 6 a.m. #NTxGivingDay

Posted by SPCA of Texas on Wednesday, September 21, 2016