Last Updated on December 4, 2023 by Pets Feed
In the spring of 2019, St. Louis Stray Rescue (SRSL) volunteers received a shocking call about an injured dog tied to a fence. The rescuers who quickly arrived on the scene and checked the condition of the animal were left speechless.
The dog’s condition was much worse than the phone call. I obviously went to rescue the dog, but an unrecognizable dog was left alone there.
“The dog’s face was swollen to about five times its original size,” SRSL wrote on Facebook. “He was injured and suffered while tied up under a scorching sun that could not block a single ray of sunlight.”
The dog, later named “Marco,” waited several days for someone to come to his rescue. He was happy to finally see his rescue team again, but he was in too much pain to express his joy.
“Marco’s entire body was full of inflammation,” SRSL wrote. “We constantly begged Marco to keep fighting and not lose.”
Tim pulled Marco away from the fence and gently placed him in his arms. They took Marco directly to the veterinary hospital to begin a long and uncertain treatment.
“To make matters worse, Marco was suffering from sepsis,” SRSL wrote on Facebook. “He had to stay in the hospital for months on drips, antibiotics and other medications to get back to normal.”
The team had no idea about Marco’s life before his abandonment, but looking at Marco’s scars, they guessed that he was probably raised as a fighting dog.
Despite his difficult past, Marco still seemed full of love.
SRSL wrote: “What’s most surprising is that Marco still loves and trusts humans.” “Marco always looks at them with love and gives them love.”
And Marco fortunately made a full recovery. The once swollen face was gone and her true, pretty face was revealed.
Once Marco was deemed healthy enough, he was placed with a foster family. His temporary mother, Katie, fell in love with Marco and officially adopted him.
Today, Marco is living his best life with his amazing new human family and other SRSL dogs. And the trauma of his past has fortunately been forgotten.
In a note to SRSL that was later shared on Facebook, Katie said: “Marco has an incredibly sweet personality. He can be silly at times, but other times he is sweet, smart and willing to protect me.”
Whether it’s stealing blankets before bed, looking out the window, or patrolling the neighborhood, Marco’s days are now filled with excitement and comfort.
“Marco is so adorable,” Katie said on the SRSL Facebook page. “We love our son Marco!” He expressed his thoughts on adoption.
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