In one year, a young German shepherd mix has gone from being emaciated and worm-infested and having horribly infected ears, a broken hip, a huge gash on his head, and a fear of the world, to living the good life with a loving family, doggie (and kitty) friends, and a pool to swim in when the weather gets hot.
When Toby, a young German shepherd mix, was first spotted a year ago, he was wandering the rural area of Redland, Florida, with a friend, an American bulldog. Both dogs had been abandoned there and were struggling to survive in the harsh environment. It was apparent that Toby had been someone’s dog because although he was not wearing a collar, at one point a too-tight collar had become embedded on his neck, leaving tell-tale scars to tell the story.
Rescuers were able to catch Toby’s friend, but Toby was too spooked to come, even with offers of bacon. Jessie Pena, one of the Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dog Project founders said:
We found 2 dogs last year on Thanksgiving Day. It was about 9:00 pm when we spotted them…We were able to rescue the American bulldog with the help of the fire rescue. Toby was very scared and confused. I spent more than an hour trying to gain his trust and no luck.”
Toby was desperately in need of medical attention. The rescue group that took him, Poodle and Pooch Rescue of Orlando, immediately took him to the veterinarian. Toby’s ears were so impacted and infected that he needed sedation for them to be cleaned. His hip was broken, and
he would need FHO (femoral head osteotomy) surgery to repair the damage. Toby also had a huge gash on his head, he was very underweight, and he also had hookworms and was heartworm positive.
Jessie Pena Toby broke my heart the day we found him. Gave him a whole bag of bacon trying to get him to come close to me, but he wasn’t trusting humans at that time. We found him on thanksgiving day around 9p. We rescued his buddy and Toby left because he was scared….too afraid of people.
There is something special about Toby. “Toby sleeps in our bed,” Kristen shared. “He definitely lives the good life, that’s for sure! I’m just happy that he’s ours now!”