German Shepherds are known for their keen sense of smell. They are often employed by law enforcement, military, and search and rescue groups due to their amazing abilities. It is estimated that they can detect scents up to a mile away.
How cruel, then, must it have been for Hank to live as he did until his rescue just two months ago. This 12 year old German Shepard mix was able to perceive more than six square miles of land, but never able to explore more than four feet from the tree to which he was chained without access to reliable food, water or shelter.
Local Animal Control became aware of Hank’s situation when a neighbor reported the abuse. Upon arriving on the scene, they discovered things were much worse than anticipated. Hank was severely malnourished. On top of that, his skin showed signs of infection and he was swarmed by biting flies that had already eaten away the tips of his ears. At first Animal Control attempted to solve the problem by informing the owners of how to properly care for and feed Hank, but after repeated visits it became clear that the neglect was not due to ignorance. Hank was removed from the property and eventually made his way to LCHS.
Hank was taken in by an LCHS foster family where he began receiving treatment for his many maladies, including a regimen for a very advanced case of heartworm disease. After a few weeks of receiving regular food, shelter and love, Hank’s sweet personality is beginning to show through the years of mistreatment. (He takes particular delight in toys - any and all toys!)
Please donate today to help Hank and other senior dogs enjoy the love they deserve during their golden years.
UPDATE: Hank has been adopted by a wonderful family who is thrilled to welcome him into their home!