CHARLOTTE, NC.....Marley is an incredible 2 year old Lab / Pitbull Mix that has been abused since he was a puppy. He was tied up on a big chain where the owner repeatedly poked and hit him with sticks and whatever else he could. From what I gathered from the original rescue that got him, neighbors called Animal Control repeatedly to get this sweet dog help and help never arrived. Marley has burn marks all around his neck from some caustic substance. Something was poured on this wonderful boy. He is covered with old and new wounds from repeated abuse. He has one eye that has a terrible cataract and the other is blind from someone poking something in it and damaging it. The way Marley is now, he is totally blind. We are going to take him to an eye specialist to see if there is anything we can do to repair the eye with the cataract and restore some sight. Our dear boy is skinny, loaded with parasites, is heartworm positive and is in terrible shape. He is going to need lots of medical care to turn him around. The worst part for this wonderful boy is that he is petrified. I have never seen a dog more scared and terrified in my entire born days. He is waiting for the torture to begin and will barely move an inch. He doesn’t even want to walk. He is literally paralyzed with fear. We have had Marley for two weeks. He is making small baby steps in his emotional recovery. His Heart and Spirit have been completely broken. He gave up a long time ago on Life. Just writing this, brings tears to my eyes. Why would anyone want to hurt a defenseless animal that only wants to love. The rescue that got him needed help with him since he was so sick and despondent. We stepped up because that is all we do. The worst of the worst that mankind has tortured and broken is all we do. I knew if anyone could turn him around, it was us. Any animal we take him, no matter how bad, is always given as much time as they need to trust and learn to love again. We keep all of our animals until they are emotionally ready to be placed. We place as much emphasis on the emotional part as we do on the medical part. They are both equally important. You can get an animal well but if he is not emotionally sound and loving life, we have failed. I refuse to give up on any animal we take in and animals like Marley are the reason why. I am still outraged that no one is being held accountable for his abuse. From what I have been told, this happens all the time in this area and they were glad to get him out of the horrible conditions he was in. That was the trade-off for getting Marley to safety apparently. No charges were to be filed. All we care about is Marley and getting him well. Our dear boy has not shown any aggression toward anyone. He will be with us for quite some time (once he leaves the hospital) to mend his broken Heart and Spirit. We will not know the best type of home environment for him until he has healed.
Our Sweet boy is finally beginning to trust us. A week ago this dear boy was still hugging the floor like his life depended on it. I am sure in his past life, it did. He will now allow us to love on him and will stand up and walk without crawling across the floor. Miracles happen every day. Marley is a Miracle. We are now on our third week of taking care of him. Every day, we see a little more progress. This is a boy that gave up long ago and is having to learn to trust all over again. His physical wounds are healing beautifully. His broken Spirit is slowly being restored. The way he walks and stands now is not out of fear but of optimism. Marley has an appointment in one week with a Specialist to see if we can restore sight in one of his eyes. We love and adore this wonderful boy and will be with him every step of the way on his Journey. The Heart and Soul of an animal needs to be cherished and nurtured. We love and cherish having Marley in our Noah’s Arks Rescue Family. Thanks for your support and helping us save him.
Sweet Marley is doing incredible and will soon be leaving for her new home. Being blind has not been a problem for her at all. Look how great she looks.