As animal lovers, it is incredibly difficult to hear news of animals who have been brutally abused at the hands of humans. It can be extremely demoralizing to constantly be bombarded with bad news, but for every terrible story there is out there, there is one of hope and resilience that can make us all remember why fighting for animals is so worth it. Take the story of Aurora the Great Dane, for example.

Aurora was found wandering the streets of Darlington County, South Carolina with duct tape covering her face and muzzle. She was entirely unable to open her mouth and was in desperate need of help when the local police arrived to rescue her.

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While the details of who did this to her or where she came from are not yet known, based on the fact that she had been left to fend for herself in this horrific condition, we can assume that she is far better off now.

The Darlington County Humane Society took Aurora in and have been working with vets to get this sweet girl all the care she needs. The good news is that vets estimate the duct tape had only been in place for 12-24 hours and it was easily removed. If the tape had been in place for much longer, it could have caused permanent damage to her muzzle or worse,  she would have likely faced starvation. However, they did find she is suffering from whip worm, hook worm, and life-threatening heartworm. In addition, she is underweight and the cost of her ongoing treatment is expected to be high.

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Through it all, though, the amazing humane society staff report that she is doing well in their care, “Aurora had a great overnight. She continues to be generous with the staff in showing her appreciation for all their care and TLC by starting to wag her tail just a wee bit and maybe even shooting them a little half smile. We are VERY proud of her!”

Aurora is under a strict 4-6 week period of rest time before she can start going for long walks and playing with other dogs.

Her caretakers describe this cutie as a very “poised and polite lady.” Although she may have been mistreated in the past, Aurora is still open to love and is as kind and sweet as ever.

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Once her health has improved, she will be up for adoption. We are so pleased to know that this amazing pup will get a shot at the life she should have had thanks to the people who saved her. To keep up to date with Aurora’s progess, follow the Darlington County Humane Society on Facebook. A YouCaring page has been launched to help cover the cost of her treatment, to make a contribution, click here.

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If you have any information that could help the police locate the cruel humans who abused Aurora, contact the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office at 843-398-4501 or 843-398-4920.

All image source: DCHS Rescue/YouCaring