It was a horrible way to abandon a dog: On Sunday, a French Bulldog was found tied up in bag in a store bathroom in Pittsford, New York. The dog was malnourished and dehydrated, and he had decayed teeth and missing fur. He couldn’t keep his tongue in his mouth, and he couldn’t eat solid food, according to DemocratandChronicle.com.
The only saving grace: The person who abandoned him did so in the bathroom of a Petco. The store was having an adoption event, so lots of people were milling around with carriers. Presumably, the person slid into the bathroom with a carrier undetected. Or, more likely, the person just had the sick, listless dog in a bag, and was able to bring him into the store and dump him in the restroom without anyone noticing.
In any event, help came quickly. Store employees found the dog and called a vet. Then an organization that saves dogs brought in by Greece Animal Control in New York, Greece Residents Assisting Stray Pets, stepped in. GRASP, as it’s known, has found homes for 273 animals this year alone, and it regularly works with the Petco Foundation. Karla Barkley, the cat adoption coordinator, was determined to help the abandoned French Bulldog.
“Hearing the story about it touched my heart,” she said. “So I drove up there to pick him up and bring him into our rescue group.”
“He was in terrible shape,” Barkely said. “Malnourished, extremely thin, severely dehydrated, just a whole bunch of stuff.”
Fortunately, Pierre, as Barkley named the dog, is recovering quickly. After being fed by an IV for a while, he’s switched to small amounts of boiled meat and rice, and his spirits are up.
“He just wants so much attention,” Barkley said. “He followed me around the house all night. You cannot love this dog enough.”
“He’s the cutest little thing,” she said. “The first thing I thought was, ‘How could someone do this?’ But it’s very rewarding to find a dog like this and give him a second chance.”
Today, Pierre is well on his way to finding his forever home — he’s just gone to live with foster mom Sue Zukoski, and GRASP is working through applications for a permanent adoption.
“He’s wonderful and loving,” said Zukoski. “It’s just so sad someone would have neglected him so horribly.”