It was truly a miracle that the dog was still alive. It was a Shih Tzu and someone had wrapped her in a black garbage bag and dumped her at the Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC) shelter in Virginia. Aside from the garbage bag, the little dog was in terrible condition. She was missing the bulk of her fur and her skin had a terrible infection that had gone untreated for years. The individuals who dropped her at the shelter claimed they found the dog in that garbage bag near the dumpster of a church. Staff at the RACC were so angry that she had gone untreated for so long, but were grateful she had care now.
The dog, who was named Annabelle, received immediate treatment for her skin condition and an upper respiratory infection, teeth issues, and conjunctivitis. It seemed she had never received medical care in her life, so she was in rough shape. With her lack of hair a her “snaggletooth” the staff began calling her a walrus dog. But once her hair starts to grow back, she will surely start looking like her doggy self once again. In the meantime, Annabelle is working on healing—and she’s a happy, sweet dog despite her condition. She wags her tail each time a human approaches and waits patiently when she receives eye drops and medicated baths for her skin and eye conditions.
The shelter staff says it’s a great reminder that dogs are incredibly resilient creatures, even when humans don’t care for them properly. Though she might look like an older dog, Annabelle is believed to be only five years old. She is sweet and happy and accepting of everyone she meets. She is staying at the RACC while she heals from her various ailments and they are working to investigate what happened to the dog and who let her get into such a terrible condition.