If you came upon a domestic dog lying on the sidewalk clearly unresponsive, what would be your first move? For one animal control officer, it was to save the life of an abandoned and adorable dog named Peanut. He found the poor canine alone on the sidewalk breathing but not responding to his calls or touches and only later did he learn the horrible truth about what had happened to her. Neighborhood kids had allegedly injected poor Peanut with cocaine. Her heart was racing. She was panting. And she was just clinging to the edge of life.
Because she was taken to the Faithful Friends Animal Society, Peanut thankfully received care and was not left to die. But when she got there, her survival was uncertain. They hooked her up to an IV to give her life-giving fluids. And then they ran a drug test on the poor dog. What they found was shocking.
Peanut tested positive for cocaine and THC. She was forced to consume drugs as a sort of twisted torture.
The animal care workers needed to flush her system of the narcotics before the drugs killed her. The IV helped do that. Because Peanut was only about a year old, she was young. Her body was resilient, and she was able to survive the cruel treatment.
Marketing Manager Kevin Rentz from the rescue center said:
“When she first arrived, she was unable to walk, stand, eat, or drink. Our vets had never seen mistreatment dealing with narcotics like this. It was heartbreaking.”
Peanut needed a lot of help to survive the high dosage of cocaine. For two days, rescue workers kept her lying down so they could flush her system and clear her blood of the deadly drugs.
Not only did they do the work of helping her heal, but they also gave her emotional support, so she knew she was cared for and not alone. It made a difference.
“She could barely hold her head up and was barely responsive. You could tell she did not know what was going on,” Rentz said.
But she started to turn around. A few days later, she was more alert and returning to her happy self. Because of the treatment she had received, the team expected her to be defensive. But she was sweet and trusting. And the people at the rescue center fell in love with her.
“She stole the hearts of all the vets and techs here. Once the drugs had started leaving her system, you could see her personality pick up.”
Despite her uptick in mood, her recovery was still a journey. But her caretakers persisted. A few days later, and with all the love they could give her, she was almost back to 100 percent. And she was playing, jumping, and demonstrating her magnetic personality.
Like any happy dog, Peanut loved to chase the ball.
“She wouldn’t let her ball out of her sight,” Rentz said.
When her story made the news, a family in Delaware contacted the center and asked if they could adopt her. They came to the center to meet her and fell in love. Now she has a forever home.
There is nothing funny about hurting an animal. We’re all just lucky Peanut got the help she needed.
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