Lexington: Saved from Starvation
When our Humane Law Enforcement officers rescued “Lexi,” a 6 year old Pit Bull mix, in October 2013, she was so severely emaciated that she couldn’t stand on her own legs. She had been denied adequate sustenance and was suffering. Our officers had to carry her from the rescue vehicle and hand her over to our veterinary staff for rehabilitation. As it turned out, Lexi had been eating indigestible items she found, simply to fill her belly. Lexi spent over two months in our Shelter Hospital before she was strong enough to have surgery to remove the foreign objects from her stomach.
Lexi’s owner was charged and convicted of three counts of animal cruelty and sentenced to prohibition of animal ownership.
On Christmas Day, Lexi was given a clean bill of health and was released from our hospital. In early January, she was adopted. Lexi paid us a visit in July 2014 and appeared to be a completely new dog – she had gained weight and had the energy of a young pup.
Campbell: Rescued After Being Brutally Set on Fire
In November 2013, two men doused a cat named Campbell in accelerant and set him on fire in the Olney section of Philadelphia. Our Humane Law Enforcement team rescued him and brought him back to our shelter, where our hospital veterinarians began triage. We treated Campbell’s burn wounds for three weeks. We also and raised funds to cover a series of complicated surgeries he would have to receive at Penn Vet to remove dead tissue and reconstruct his skin.
The men who set Campbell on fire have been convicted of animal cruelty; one was sentenced to two years probation and the principal offender was sentenced to two years in prison.
Campbell has healed magnificently. He was adopted by Lt. Steve Paslawski of the Philadelphia Fire Department, who had seen animals suffer similar burn injuries and wanted to give Campbell the loving home he deserves.