11/14/2017 – It is with extreme sadness that we must announce that Maria, one of our rescues in Puerto Rico, has crossed the rainbow bridge. After deep consideration and consultations with her doctor and colleagues, the decision to let Maria be at peace and without pain was the only compassionate choice. Maria spent her last days surrounding by her loving doctor and being cared for by the affectionate staff. We want to thank her rescuer and foster for getting her to a safe place and keeping her comfortable. After being rescued, Maria was never alone again. We will honor Maria’s plight and memory by continuing to help the dogs of Puerto Rico.
Maria had third grade heartworm and was exhibiting severe symptoms, she also had a huge mass on her spleen along with multiple tumors all over her tired body. If we were to operate on the mass, the probability of surviving surgery was nil. If we were to treat the heartworm, the probability of massive internal bleeding was great.
Decisions such as this are difficult and heartbreaking. We wish we could save them all and have happy endings to each story. Thank you to all that supported Maria and her care. We are grateful for your kindness.
Please keep Maria and her rescues and foster in your thoughts and prayers. The pain of losing a sweet companion will never be easy. May Maria run and play with the angels.
Dumped, abused, weak and starving. They named her Maria because she arrived immediately after the hurricane that destroyed Puerto Rico. Mysteriously she arrived at a supermarket and collapsed at the entrance. She was quickly moved to an isolated place because they thought she was dying. After her rescuers caressed her, she slept for a while and then she opened her eyes. She drank lots of water and ate 3 cans of food immediately. They noticed marks that appear to be maltreatment and abuse and put her in a secure place. Luckily, a law enforcement agent with animal abuse was with her rescuers because he was in the supermarket. He forwarded the case to our colleagues, Pitbulls Rescue Survivors. PBRS reached out to New York Bully Crew for assistance and we of course said we will commit to her care. Maria needs urgent veterinary care and shelter and safety. Notice her cropped ears, this was someone’s dog. We will make sure she gets the proper care and foster with your help and support.