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Neglected Poodle was starved for so long, he forgot how to eat

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A lady walking down the street got a nasty shock when she looked through a window. She discovered a neglected poodle that looked just like a skeleton, starving and in a terrible state.

By Dawn Parrish , 10 Oct 2018

Rescue of neglected dogs

A lady in Tampa, Florida, got a real nasty shock as she was walking down the street. She glanced into a front window of a property and thought she spotted something rather unusual. Surely that couldn’t be a poodle dog? The poor dog looked just like a skeleton, very thin and looking unwell.  Her immediate response was to go home and to call animal control. When the officers arrived and made their entry into the house, they made a terrible discovery. They realised that there were three dogs inside, all of them starving and in a state of neglect. As a result of their poor health, two of the dogs died very soon after their rescue. Only one survived the poodle that had been noticed through the window. [embed]


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Beni the neglected Poodle

First of all, the dog was taken to a local shelter. Staff worked hard to help him but he was in very poor condition. The poodle hardly had any fur and was suffering from a nasty skin infection. As a result of his neglect, he was severely emaciated and very sick. Not only did he have diabetes but also a tumour on his foot. It seems like euthanasia was the only answer. Fearing the worst, the shelter circulated an email about Beni the Poodle, asking for help.

Neglected Poodle finds a saviour

This email arrived into the inbox of a lady named Goldsberry, who ran a shelter for 26 other rescued dogs. She could see that she was the last hope for the neglected dog. She arranged for a Vet to look at Beni, and to begin treatment. The poor dog appeared to have forgotten how to eat. They placed food into his mouth, but he had been starved of food for so long, his body wasn’t sure how to process it. As a result of caring persistence, Beni somehow managed to survive. Volunteers drove him to Fort Myers, and to the rescue centre of Goldsberry. [embed]


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Ongoing care for the neglected Poodle

Of course, Beni wasn’t out of the woods yet!  His health was monitored closely while his treatment continued. He was fed very small amounts of food because he would vomit if given too much. As a diabetic dog, he would be expected to drink lots of water, but with Beni, this wasn’t the case. He often refused to drink. Due to the ongoing care that Beni was receiving, his health was improving. His diabetes is now more stabilised and he has a shiny, black coat. Goodness knows what terrible things he has had to cope with through his past 9 years. The good news is that Beni is improving each day. Certainly, he seems happy to play with toys, and always has a wagging tail!