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Sammy’s Heartbreaking Saga

I have read many animal abuse stories, but I must tell you this is one of the most disturbing cases I have seen. I received...

Horst Hoefinger  |  Feb 9th 2009


I have read many animal abuse stories, but I must tell you this is one of the most disturbing cases I have seen.

I received an email message telling the story of Sammy, the picture attached was enough to make you physically ill. It actually took me a few days to go to the site and read the story, it’s one that needs to be told.

I am constantly amazed at the undying spirit of animals, their unconditional love, and strength to survive. I am also amazed at man’s inhumanity to canine. Thankfully there are places like Noah’s Arks Rescue, they help restore my faith in humanity.

Noah’s Arks Animal Rescue is a group of individuals working to end the senseless killing of innocent animals in our shelters all across the country. Our loyal companions have become disposable, throwaway pets. All animals are born with equal claims on life and the same rights to existence. Our loving companion animals have the right to complete their natural life span. Our wish and lifelong hope is that society becomes educated in the ethical treatment of animals. We focus on animals that depend on us to fight for their right to life. Please, help those that cannot help themselves.

Sammy was a stray in Rains, SC. who was brought to Noah’s Arks Rescue. This is his story. It is not for the faint of heart.

This is one of the worst abuse cases I have seen in a while. Just when you think you are getting a handle on some of the abuse in this country to animals, something like this happens. It just tears your heart up in tiny little pieces that someone could intentionally do this to one of God’s gentlest creatures.

Meet SAMMY. Sammy showed up as a stray in Rains, SC. The family there started to feed him and he came around more regularly. He was a great dog that began to trust them and was around all the time. Two months ago he disappeared and when he returned this is how he looked. He has been tortured and both eyes have been punctured. He was taken to a doctor that thinks he was beaten so badly that his eyes burst and to Marion County shelter to see if someone could help them. The shelter recalled that someone had called and reported a dog wandering around for the last two day with it’s eyes bulging. That dog was Sammy. How he found his way back to this same house without eyes, we will never know.

He is going to our vet in Greenville, SC today and is scheduled to have surgery to have both eyes removed on Friday.

Since the original post on Noah’s Arks Sammy has had surgery, he is doing amazingly well. He has gone to a foster home for rehabilitation, is receiving a ton of love and care, and going on walks with his four-legged buddies. It truly is unbelievable.

Sammy’s surgery and rehabilitation have cost a tremendous amount of money. Noah’s Arks Rescue survives on donations, they could desperately use some help. When I was reading Sammy’s story I actually stopped and sent in a donation. I know how tough times are, but even if you can only donate a few dollars it could make a huge difference.

The monsters who did this have not been caught. I urge anyone who may have information to notify the proper authorities. I can guarantee whoever did this will not stop with a dog, they will go on to even worse (if that’s possible) crimes. These types of crimes are exactly why the law that was passed in Arkansas needs to be passed in every state. It makes torturing a dog, cat, or horse a felony on first offense.

Thank you in advance to all the Dogsters who generously give a donation to Noahs Arks Rescue.