His injuries have thrilled even seasoned professionals.
The 9-month-old Silver Pit Bull had recently been severely beaten, suffering from two broken jaw. A trail of bruising was visible on his back and hindquarters. Repairing the damage – if it could be repaired – would be expensive.
Rescuers took her to a local emergency veterinary clinic, where she was stabilized. The East County Animal Shelter was contacted, with officials calling the Alameda County Sheriff. Officers investigating the assault have determined that Allie appeared to have been repeatedly hit with a stick by her owner after she was in an accident at her home, according to a sheriff’s spokesperson. The owner, a 23-year-old man from Hayward, has been charged with animal cruelty.
âEveryone who interacted with her during the investigation appreciated her,â said Sheriff Sgt. Ray Kelly. âEvery dog ââhas something special. When you see an animal, especially a young puppy, injured and injured, it holds a special place in your heart. “
Animal service officials quickly reached out to a group they knew they could help. Within hours, Allie was recovering from a complex five-hour operation at an emergency veterinary hospital in Dublin to restore her shattered jaw, paid for by Tri-Valley Animal Rescue.
This donation is just one of the many contributions that TVAR makes each year to alleviate animal suffering and help homeless animals avoid euthanasia. On October 7, the organization plans to celebrate its silver anniversary, which will also be its biggest fundraiser of the year.
Money raised from the benefit will be combined with community donations to continue a range of services that provide an essential safety net for the endless stream of puppies, kittens, dogs and cats that flock to the East every year. County Animal Shelter in Dublin.
The shelter, like most of these facilities, has limited space and a tight budget that makes it impossible to provide long-term accommodation or rehabilitation that many incoming animals require before finding new homes.
“Our programs have grown, but our goal remains to end the unnecessary euthanasia of homeless animals.” said Sue James, the group’s foster dog program coordinator and board member.
TVAR volunteers are on site every day at the shelter, exercising and socializing the dogs and cats; providing obedience training for dishonest dogs, working with overly timid and fearful animals and assisting with adoptions, ensuring that each animal is spayed or neutered.
They quickly move as many animals as possible to volunteer foster homes to provide them with a more normal environment, with foster families attending adoption events with their loads. Volunteers also run a junior teen program, bringing students to the shelter to help socialize the homeless animals.
Much of TVAR’s funding is used to pay for medical procedures for animals at shelters like Allie. Allie is in custody, signed at the sheriff’s office and will undergo further examination to determine if she has suffered any previous injuries. Once healed, she will be placed in foster care until TVAR can find her a new loving home.
âIt’s a high profile case, but TVAR does this job on any dog ââthat comes in; they save dogs, give them homes, fix a system that sometimes gets broken by people, âKelly said. “They are righting the wrongs caused by the improper possession of a pet.”
Allie isn’t the only animal to receive needed care from TVAR lately. Rylee, a small mix of terriers with a permanent case of a headboard and a distinct resemblance to Phyllis Diller, is as friendly as she is shaggy, but at around 8, was ignored by would-be adopters.
âShe had breast tumors, and it’s a hard sell because people don’t want to adopt dogs with problems,â James said. “She also needed a dentist.”
TVAR arranged for surgery to remove the tumors, which were found to be benign. A few weeks later, she had a dental procedure to repair a painful broken tooth that had formed an abscess. Today he is a new dog looking for a new home.
âEven with all of the discomfort, she was cheerful and wagging her tail,â said her adoptive mother, Jennifer Troger, of Livermore, who is hopeful that Rylee will find a permanent home soon. “She is a very sweet and happy little sweetheart and a dog worth the effort.”
Sadie needed help too. A blonde lab mix with melting brown eyes, she arrived at the shelter following the fight of her life with a coyote.
“The shelter put her on antibiotics and contacted us to find a foster family for her, as she could not be put up for adoption with her injuries,” said James. “She was under close surveillance with our foster families and wore a cone until she recovered and received antibiotics.”
Sadie’s wounds have healed and she is now in her “forever” home in Pleasanton, which she happily shares with her new best friends – a cat and a bunny.
The stories keep coming, but bands like TVAR help make sure many of them have happy endings, Kelly said.
âWe can choose to look on the bad side of what happened to Allie, but when you look at her and see her she embodies resilience and love,â he said. âThat’s what TVAR also embodies, as well as our animal services officersâ¦ Groups like TVAR show us what it’s like to be nice. “
For more information on Tri-Valley Animal Rescue, visit http://www.tvar.org.
The site also has details and information on tickets for the October 7 Oktoberfest fundraiser. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Mercedes-Benz in Pleasanton, 5885 Owens Drive in Pleasanton, and will include a beer tasting, auction and live band.