After neglect and loss of limb, rescued Great Dane makes inspiring recovery
Another case of cruelty and another dog maltreated to within an inch of its life. Read on to discover how Luke's life force has led him to make a miraculous recovery.
Published on the 10/12/2019, 09:00, Updated on the 19/12/2019, 15:22
In 2018 a Great Dane was discovered in a garden of a South Carolinian couple. The dog was emaciated, dehydrated and starved almost to death. He had gnawed his hind paw almost clean off in an attempt, some say, to eat it.
When South Carolina police attended the address where Luke the Great Dane was found, they discovered the dog tied to a metal pole. At once they released him into the care of an ER vet in Charleston and then onwards to Noah's Arks Rescue shelter. The couple in charge of Luke were arrested.
Writes The Animal Rescue Site a spokesperson for the charity said, “The 6-year-old dog was nothing but skin and bones. The officer noticed that the dog had an injury to his back leg, but as he approached he realized half of it was chewed off."
When finally Luke was brought to Noah's Ark, the dog was still in need of round-the-clock medical attention.
“Luke was very scared and unsure of people at the time,” said Jennifer Smith, president of the rescue. “After several days in ICU, we brought him to our rehab facility so he could relax, which made a big difference in his personality. He soon realized we were not going to hurt him.”
After months of treatment Luke is almost fully recovered and will soon be rehomed.
In December of 2018 the shelter wrote on Facebook, “Luke has made tremendous progress and only has a few significant hurdles he has to get over. He still has the sweetest personality and loves everyone he meets.
"We have only seen one issue, and it was with an abused unneutered male we rescued. We are chalking it up to both dogs are intact and puffing up their chests.”
Now Luke has his new prosthetic leg and is looking as majestic as ever! What a different dog to the one he was just a few short months ago! Well done Luke! You certainly are a fighter!