What’s in a name? For one rescue dog, her name was a bad memory of a past life that she and those around her decided needed to change. So, her rescuer, a woman named Shira Astrof, changed her name to Ruby. Astrof said her old name was in the past and it was time to move forward. The woman is a volunteer at Care Rescue LA, a rescue group located in Los Angeles that saved Ruby from a truly terrible life. For Ruby, a new name was a new start.
You see, Ruby was recently confiscated from her owner. This owner is currently on trial for the abuse Ruby suffered; for the first six years of her life the dog was abused which left her sick, injured, and truly traumatized. Things did not begin this way for Ruby, however. She was adopted as a ten month old puppy and at the time was a beautiful and healthy German shepherd mix. Just six years later, she weighed just forty pounds and was an emaciated shell of a dog that could not use her hind legs. While the extent of the abuse is somewhat unknown, it is clear that Ruby was confined to a crate for six years and that’s why she cannot use her hind legs. It is believed she was severely beaten as well.
While she was doing better in the shelter, she needed a real home. So Astrof arranged to bring her into her own home for one on one help. She has blossomed since then, becoming a sweet and quite trusting dog, despite her past. However, Ruby is in quite a bit of pain from the trauma and is in desperate need of gaining weight and working through some psychological trauma. Astrof is taking it one day at a time, working closely with Ruby to heal from head to toe.