Sammy, From Torture to Happiness
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From Noah's Arks Rescue

January 22, 2009

Meet Sammy. Sammy showed up as a stray in Rains, South Carolina. The family there started to feed him and he came around more regularly. He was a great dog who 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 had been tortured and both eyes had 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 its 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.


January 22

Sammy had almost three hours of surgery today. His eyes have been removed and sewn completely shut. I now know why he has such beautiful big ears. They will now be his eyes for him. He is an incredibly sweet dog that was terribly tortured. After doing all his blood work today we discovered he is also HW+. As soon as he recovers completely from this surgery we will begin HW treatment. Sammy was also neutered during his surgery. He was covered with fleas and ticks and we have taken care of that.

We are going to make sure that every day from here on out for him is going to be full of love and kindness. He will never be in a situation again where someone is not being his loving Guardian. He has been tortured enough and now has a chance to heal and learn a new life with those wonderful ears.


Update for January 29

Sammy is going to a wonderful foster home today for the next several months so he can begin his rehabilitation. Once we feel he has recovered and gotten his strength back from his surgery then we will begin his HW treatment. New pictures of Sammy will be posted tomorrow from his new foster home. He is doing wonderful with his walking and learning how to trace his steps as he walks. He is learning to follow any sound that he associates with something good....such as a soothing voice or a bell that we have attached to a companion buddy for him to play with. We have a long way to go with him but he is a joy to be around and love on. How anyone could allow this to happen to this sweet dog is still something we will never understand.

Update January 26

Sammy had a great week-end. He is slowly but surely getting used to walking blind. His eyes are doing great and he is not rubbing on them at all. He will be going to his foster home this Thursday to continue his recovery and treatments. I should have more pictures this evening.

Update January 23

Sammy is doing incredibly well. He is without a doubt one of the sweetest dogs we have been around. We just cannot imagine how an animal could have been so mistreated and still be so sweet. When they take him outside for a little walk, he leans against you while he is walking. It is so sweet and so endearing that the person walking him stops walking and just loves all over him. He is one special fellow. Here are the new pictures of him today.


Sammy at home with some of his new buddies he will be living with while he recuperates

Sammy , January 30

Sammy on a three-mile hike, February 7

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