Bessie, a lovely young border collie mix, was the most severely abused dog we’d ever seen. She was found starving and hardly able to breathe because of the buckshot pellets in her chest. Yet as she struggled for life, she valiantly continued to nurse four tiny puppies.
We didn’t think she’d make it through the night. Two liters of fluid had to be drained from her lungs. But even in her darkest hours, she wagged her tail at the doctors trying to save her.
Bessie needed surgery: A portion of her liver had entered her chest. The operation was a success, but afterward she developed severe pneumonia. She was rushed to Albuquerque, where surgeons removed two lobes of one lung.
These 10 day-old puppies were found in a Northern New Mexico town, thrown in a dumpster inside a dog food bag with liquid poured on them to expedite their demise. They were rescued by the Heart and Soul Animal Sanctuary along with several other litters of puppies in early January 2005.
How You Can Help
To be able to help more dogs like Oreo, Sadie, Hannah and Hopi, we must keep Bessie’s Fund constantly replenished. If you would like to donate to this restricted emergency medical fund, please make out your check to:
The Heart and Soul Animal Sanctuary
369 Montezuma Ave., #130
Santa Fe, N.M. 87501