A little Maltese mix who weighs just five pounds is very lucky to be alive today. Her former owners came very close to killing the little dog when they decided to dye her fur purple—a move that is very dangerous to dogs. The dog, whose name is Violet, was rescued by Pinellas County Animal Services in Florida. She was actually picked up from the streets as a stray and was in truly terrible condition. Someone had used a chemical dye meant for humans on the dog in an attempt to color her fur purple. The dye did change the color of her fur, but it also caused very serious burns on her body and even caused one of her eyes to swell shut. Rescuers were not sure she could survive such a terrible incident, but they were going to do everything they could to give her a good fighting chance.
As soon as she arrived at the facility, medical staff got to work. They administered fluids to Violet the dog, gave her pain medication and attempted to wash off as much of the dye as possible. Then, she was bandaged to protect her wounds and went home with a veterinarian to hopefully heal. Miraculously, she survived the night and rescuers began to realize she could survive the ordeal. They began to shave down the little dog’s fur and then realized that her wounds and burns were even worse than they first thought.
It was certainly a long road, but with some medical care and TLC, Violet began to heal. Her sweet, loving personality began to emerge as she greeted staff at the veterinarian’s office and it became time to remove her bandages. Though she still has some remaining dye on her fur and scarring from the ordeal, Violet is thriving. She even found herself a new, loving home with a man who loves her just the way she is today.