There are plenty of great places for a dog to live, but outdoors is typically not an ideal location for a dog to reside. That is certainly the case for a Shar-Pei named Tweedy. He was discovered living on the streets of Los Angeles and had taken shelter near a set of very busy railroad tracks. When someone finally noticed her living in those adverse conditions, they contacted the rescue group called Hope for Paws to help her. They immediately went to the dangerous site because they were so concerned for her safety. Once they got there, however, they realized it was not going to be an easy task.
When JoAnn Wiltz and Lisa Arturo from Hope for Paws approached Tweedy, it was clear she was absolutely terrified. They were able to get close enough to the dog to place a leash around her neck, but she began to panic as soon as the leash touch her. That’s when they noticed there was a little dog house and some food laid out for the dog, so obviously someone had been trying to care for her. Eventually they were able to get Tweedy in a car and to a local veterinarian, where she finally began to calm down.
A vet determined that Tweedy had some serious health issues, including fractured teeth, a broken elbow, and both an ear and skin infection. She received immediate treatment for all her ailments, but it was clear there was a long road ahead of her from a mental perspective. She was still terrified to be around people. Tweedy was taken in by the LA Animal Rescue and placed in a foster home, where it was discovered she had etropion in both of her eyes and was in a lot of pain. She had surgery to fix the issue and is much more comfortable and happy around people. As she begins to heal, she will be available for adoption soon!