The B.C. SPCA
says the small dog is putting up a brave fight for her life at a Victoria veterinary clinic. They are calling the 10-year old black and white Shih Tzu "Tiny" after she was brought in to the shelter by a Good Samaritan who found her wandering on the street. The dog was suffering from such badly matted fur that her paws and the base of her tail were covered in large open wounds infested with maggots, and she was so badly dehydrated that her kidneys and other organs were shutting down.
SPCA constable Erika Paul says, “It is heartbreaking because this poor sweet dog is fighting for her life from conditions that were completely preventable.” “She has been getting around-the-clock care and has managed to hold her own for the past few days, but she is definitely not out of the woods.”
Paul says, “She is on intravenous fluids to treat her dehydration and staff at the hospital are hand feeding her because she won’t eat on her own. We’re not sure if this is because she is just too sick or because of the extreme pain from her teeth.” She had been so badly neglected that she suffers from extreme dental disease. Paul tells the Times-Columnist
that Tiny's toenails were also badly overgrown. “This little girl has been in a lot of pain for a long time.”
The SPCA investigator says Tiny's owners have been identified and charges of animal cruelty are pending in the case. If charged, her owners face up to five years in jail, fines of up to $75,000 and a ban on owning animals ever again.