We love sharing stories with our readers that end happily for all involved. These posts where all the dogs we write about reiterate to us that there are good, caring people in this world who do know how to love and treat animals; with the dignity and respect they so deserve.
The police in Darlington County, South Carolina received an anonymous tip about a Great Dane wandering the street with duct tape around their head and face. After searching the area, the police found a beautiful dog in the horrid condition the caller described.
The deputies took the abandoned Great Dane who was later named Aurora, into their care. They removed the duct tape from around the sweet girl’s face and mouth and took her to the Darlington County Animal Shelter; so she could receive the proper care and treatment.
The shelter said on facebook: “Aurora is a one very lucky lady. She was found in time to be saved!” writes Darlington County Humane Society Rescue.
“A very poised, polite lady, she is still in a bit of [a] daze having been picked up yesterday morning by the Sheriff’s Department, with duct tape wrapped around her head and mouth.”
Despite being wrapped around her face for over a day and a half, the duct tape didn’t cause any permanent damage to Aurora’s face or circulation.
We still don’t know why someone would abuse such a beautiful lady. Neither do the Darlington County Sheriff’s department who are still on the hunt for those responsible.
The shelter posted this photo of Aurora on facebook:
“Here is Aurora’s BEAUTIFUL face! The vet feels she is a pure bred Great Dane. She is one tall and proud lady! Estimated to be 3-4 yrs old, she has a sweet, gentle disposition and has the patience of a saint,” says her rescuers.
Poor Aurora isn’t ready for a forever home quite yet. She scored a four out of nine on the Body Condition Index. She’s horribly underweight and unfortunately is loaded down with whip worms and hook worms. And sadly for Aurora, she tested positive for life-threatening heartworms.
Aurora’s rescuers are hopeful they’ll get this lovely lady healthy again. Aurora’s treatment won’t come cheap, but everyone is confident she’ll pull through just fine.
Her rescuers spoke of the por girl’s abuse, saying: “As a county, we do not have a high population of Great Danes in residence so surely someone knows something about her. Paws Crossed!!
We love our animals in Darlington County and it breaks our hearts to see ANY of our pets being abused.”
Update April 8:
As of April of this year, we have a fantastic update on Aurora! Her health improved enough to allow her to be sent to a foster home.
According to the shelter and her foster parents, the great dane is doing ‘awesome!’ In fact, Aurora has a letter of her own she would like to share with you in her own words:
I wanted to let you know I spent my first night in my foster home. It was exciting. My foster mom picked me up at the shelter and I got to ride in the back of her SUV.
I sprawled out and relaxed while she drove. We got home and we went to the garage where she put my crate together. I just watched her and wonder what she thought was going to happen with that thing.
She tried to get me to go into it and I heard her say I wasn’t crate trained. She gave up as she had to go pick up her dog from his play date. So I just hung out in the garage and waited for her to return.
“I met my foster brother “D” and he is a golden retriever mix and super nice. I also met her two cats. They don’t like me but she said they will come around as they have with other foster dogs or they can stay in their crates when I am in the house.
The one tried to kill me, but all I did was try to get away and hide. My foster mom gave me big hugs and told me I was a good girl. I guess I past the cat test and I didn’t show any bad tendencies towards them.”
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