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Good Samaritan vows to adopt abandoned and neglected dog he found in a sewer

Small shaggy dog lies on vet table after being found in sewer dog-sad
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A man from the city of Barrancabermeja in Colombia who found a dog trapped in a sewer with its eyes glued shut has said he will adopt the poor girl once she's back on her feet.

By Nick Whittle , 19 Jan 2020

Carlos discovered the dog on January 4th abandoned in a sewer in the middle of the city. He rescued the dog and took her to a vet. During the vet's initial examination of the dog, it was discovered that the animal’s eyes had been deliberately glued shut. 

Writes The Mirror, Carlos believes its eyes were glued shut in an attempt to stop the dog from finding its way back home. 


Rescue 

According to The Mirror, local animal activist Zoraida Santiago said the vet worked for three days to remove the glue from the delicate skin around the dog’s eyes. To make matters worse, the dog was suffering with an eye infection which was caused, Santiago believes, by the dog’s attempt to open its eyes. 

Footage taken at the vets shows the dog in reasonably good health sitting in a sink and covered in shampoo. 

Animal abuse and abandonment 

Hundreds of cases of animal abuse and abandonment are dealt with by charities on a daily basis but many incidences of animal cruelty go unreported. That is because the laws that govern human violence and cruelty are more stringent than those of animal cruelty.

Animals most likely to fall foul of cruel owners include dogs, cats and horses. In 2015, 45,000 dogs were abandoned by their owners, according to the BBC, and that number has risen ever since.

A bright future 

Given the right help and care, most animals that have suffered abuse or are found wandering the streets end up in happy forever homes. 

Fortunately, Carlos has agreed to adopt the dog as soon as she receives a clean bill of health from the vet. Meanwhile, authorities in the city continue their investigation of the case.