I observed Baxter for over a year and was unable to get help to determine if he should be removed from his home. Luckily through a perfect aligning of circumstances his owner surrendered him to me.
He went to the vet and it was determined that he had a body condition rating of a 1 on a 9-point scale meaning he was severely underweight, malnourished, and had loss of muscle mass. He had sores on his ears and legs and two types of intestinal worms.
He lived in a small enclosure with an igloo dog house. There was no insulation in his house even during the February cold snap where temperatures dropped to 18 degrees. His enclosure was full of feces. He had a water bucket but the water was at the bottom and frozen solid.
Baxter (his new name) lived a life with no grass, playtime, and from what I can tell very little interaction. He spent 24 hours a day, 7 days a week waiting in his igloo dog house for someone to come.
About a year ago I noticed he was in the enclosure and thought he was too big to be in the small area. Over the months I became more and more concerned as I watched him venture out of his dog house less and less. During these months I had asked for help but no one showed up. I became increasingly concerned when I noticed he was progressively getting thinner and thinner and bones were evident through his skin.
One afternoon I was so upset that I prayed to Saint Francis and I spoke through my car window to Baxter that no matter what I would be back for him. My only regret is it took so long.
Baxter is now safe and he is healing physically and emotionally–he is gaining weight and gaining trust. He is able to lounge on couches, run in meadows, and play with other doggie friends. He gets kisses and hugs all the time and he shows his appreciation by leaning on in and hugging back.
Baxter is up to date on all of his vaccines and has been neutered. He is on medication for a few more months for his worms.
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