When poor Collin was found, someone had put him out. That was it. They literally just kicked this poor neglected dog out of their home, most likely because they didn’t want to deal with the list of medical issues their neglect saddled him with. So when a good Samaritan came across him just lying on a street corner, they knew they had to do something.
“A Good Samaritan saw the owner put the dog out of the house and into the yard,” said Grace Lofton Kaye, founder of Their Lives Matter, to The Dodo. “When the person asked the owner, the owner said the dog was ill and full of fleas and ticks. He just kicked the dog out of the house.”
The good Samaritan took photos of Collin and took to Facebook to expose what was going on. That’s when Kaye saw Collin for the first time, and knew that this was no way for a dog to be treated. She just couldn’t look away from this pitiful picture, knowing that nothing might be done.
“I just combed the thread thinking, ‘Oh, someone probably already saved him. But it was unfolding in the moment,” said Kaye.
That’s when she decided to call a veterinary hospital, and asked if they could help. That very same day, Collin was taken to the Pet House Animal Clinic in Miami, and veterinarian Oscar Paez treated him straight away. At first, Collin seemed almost lifeless in his caretakers hands, however as they washed him and cleared him of all the ticks stuck to him, he seemed to come alive.
“I cannot tell you how wonderful and caring they are,” Kaye said. “They stayed after hours yesterday just to receive the dog and they really put their heart and soul into this.”
Collin has an appetite again, and has even been able to take a short walk on a leash. He really does have a lot of love and life left in him, and he gets better each passing day. Miraculously, Collin’s heartworm test came back negative, and even though he was covered in ticks, he doesn’t have any blood-born parasites that dogs can often get from them!
“Having a thousand ticks on him, he did not have tick born disease,” Kaye said. “It would have killed him.”
Collin is not available for adoption as of yet, however that is the final goal as always. He still has a lot of recovery left to go through, and if you’d like to follow his progress, you can click here to go to the Their Lives Matter’s Facebook page just for Collin. If you can, please consider donating to Collin’s recovery fund. If you can, click here to do so. Thank you very much in advance for your kindness and generosity.