Second Chance Rescue NYC Dogs received a plea for help from a shelter about a pit bull named Landis who was referred to as ‘gargoyle’ because of his disfigured body as a result of being kept in a cage way too small for his body.
The rescue saved him in mid December of 2014 and published on their Facebook page how they reacted when they first got him.
“With all of the dreadful stories we have witnessed and shared this year, words like ‘heartbreaking’ don’t seem to mean much anymore. It’s really depressing, as we shouldn’t have to use them so often.”
“Having that said, there really is no better word to describe than “gargoyle” who received a plea on from a GA shelter last night. This sweetheart of a boy is said to be one to two years old and as you can see, he is dwarfed. He’s emaciated, his legs are folded in half and his spine is curved. Looking at him, you’d think he’d been forced to grow up & live in a small cage. Well guess what, you’re right! Where do these monsters came from that walk amongst us?!
“After feeling heartbroken, the next normal reaction you’ll feel is anger. Just how could anybody do this? How could this have been allowed to happen?! It makes you feel even worse because this boy is a complete mush. You would think he’d be angry and difficult, but he’s not. Like most abused dogs, he is full of love and just wants love in return.
“Sadly, we cannot spare him the pain he’s already lived, but we can get him the medical attention he needs and help him live the best future possible.”
Landis will have a long recovery ahead, but he’s surrounded by love and care. He visited an orthopedic specialist who said that Landis’ legs have already improved and were continually showing improvement.
The specialist’s did not recommend surgery as it would be very painful and Landis is regaining muscle tone in his legs on his own.
“His legs may not be perfect, but Landis is happy and not in pain. That’s what is most important.”, stated Second Chance Rescue NYC Dogs.
Instead, Landis will need a home without hard surfaces to walk on and which has a yard with a lot of soft grass. He found that perfect home!
He has been adopted and his new home is in Mass, near Cape Cod, minutes away from the beach (sand will be great for his legs), has a large fenced backyard, and he will immediately start hydrotherapy five minutes from his new home. He will also have two rescued siblings and a new mom who is home to tend his needs.
“I’ve made great progress these days. I’m getting the hang of potty rraining in just one day and I love to sit on my Mommy’s lap and chew on my toys. I’m even learning to play ball!”
Just after 3 months with his new family, Landis is walking “all straight up” on his paws and his limbs are getting better every day.
I’m so happy for Landis! Thank heavens there are many kind-hearted people in the world to help rescue dogs like Landis from these types of awful mistreatment!
Don’t hesitate to share Landis’ story together with your family and friends.