Texas Teenagers Save the Life of an Abandoned, Dying Dog

Only weighing 27 pounds when she was found, rescuers said the six- or seven-year-old Lab mix likely had only hours left to live.

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Londyn was emaciated, sickly, and ready to die outside of a San Antonio high school until five teen guys saved her life.  A fundraiser for her medical care has already been exceeded, and she’s been taken in by a rescue group who is trying to find her a home where she can recover.

The five students – Brandon Noriega, Roland Bazan, Joseph Rangel, Ivan Zarate, and Luis Villanueva – saw her ambling around near the track outside of their classroom.

 

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“It broke my heart, ya know,” Rangel told KENS 5.

The boys brought her water and took turns sitting with her until rescuers from Protecting Animals within San Antonio (PAWS) could arrive to help.  Because the group has a club on campus, the students already knew who to contact.

 

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“[We’re] trying to lower the stray population in San Antonio. It’s a really big issue that not many people pay attention to. But we’re trying to raise awareness and get more people involved,” said PAWS president Samantha Jasso.

Only weighing 27 pounds when she was found, rescuers said the six- or seven-year-old Lab mix likely had only hours left to live.  She was taken to Callaghan Animal Hospital where, in addition to being severely malnourished and loaded with ticks, Londyn was diagnosed with a venereal tumor, heartworms and Ehrlichiosis (a disease transmitted by ticks that can destroy many of the body’s systems).

 

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She survived on garbage and knew nothing of human kindness, so the first few days were difficult.  She wasn’t eating well and the likelihood of her survival was slim.  A fundraiser of $2,500 was launched to cover the costs of chemotherapy and other treatment.  Within days, donations surpassed $2,600.

After a week in the clinic, she was taken to a foster home where she finally ate a full meal.  Her weakened condition left her unable to do much more than stumble around, but now she’s gaining enough strength to walk a little bit.  She is still easily exhausted and has trouble sitting and lying down without assistance.  But she’s learning to trust humans and is coming out of her shell.

 

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She still has a long way to go, but her foster dad Daniel is working to make her stronger and more confident and trusting every day.  She will begin chemo on the 21st of this month.

If you would like to donate to Londyn’s fundraiser, CLICK HERE.  For more information or to see updates on her, check out PAWS’ Facebook page.

 


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356 thoughts on “Texas Teenagers Save the Life of an Abandoned, Dying Dog

  1. Yes! We need more teenagers like this! Just FYI, people like this are a part of a bigger movement in San Antonio. SA has gone from a live release rate of about 11% to 84% in a matterof 3-4 years. They’re 6% away from a no-kill status and the movement is becoming bigger. Props to these young men.

  2. What wonderful young men to care enough to help this poor dog. They are each a Hero in my eyes as I am sure they are in many others eyes as well. This is what our young people should be doing.. saving lives!!

  3. My guy is a San Antonio rescue. On his death date at no more than EIGHT MONTHS OLD. The city is a whirlwind of dog killing, for sure. Thanks to rescues in the area like TracysDogs and also caring humans like these amazing kids, some of them have a chance.

  4. It’s great to hear about the good teens instead of the bad teens all the time! There are a lot of great kids out there. My oldest grandson became a teenager this year and he is a smart, kind, strong, loving individual that makes his Grandma and the rest of his family proud. Outstanding job guys!!

  5. Very impressed by the humanity of these young men. There’s a star in the sky for all of you and yes I agree that your parents must be proud that you are part of the “solution” in this world. This story made my day!

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