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Lucy was found at an abandoned construction site when she was just three months old. She was caught by Mission Paws’ible in Bali, an area known to be a hot spot for the dog meat industry. The team with Mission Paws’ible found Lucy after she was reported by a woman that was feeding other strays in the area.
“Her mouth was wired shut—trademarks of a dog meat thief,” founder of Mission Paws’ible Prue Barber told Newsweek. “We can only imagine the pain and trauma this was causing her. She was emaciated and dehydrated because she was unable to eat or drink.”
Lucy was rightfully scared of humans, but they were finally able to catch her and bring her to the vet so that she could be assessed. Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with parvo, but Lucy pushed through. Then they found out that she was also diagnosed with distemper. This was when Barber decided to bring Lucy into her own home to try to rehabilitate her.
“I nursed her through it, around the clock. She was on an IV in my home. I believed she needed consistent love and care to heal,” she explained. “It worked. She made it through.”
Lucy now lives in a loving home with Barber and 23 other dog friends.
“Lucy has taught me, and our followers, that you need patience and kindness to allow another being to find themselves, find their safe place and to ultimately trust and love again,” said Barber.
According to national estimates, approximately 6.3 million companion animals are abandoned and enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. In the US alone over 5.4 million cats are killed on the side of the road. If you happen to notice a cat on the side of the road, whether or not the animal is injured, safely put on the hazard lights and pull your car completely off the road before attempting to rescue them, says the Humane Society.
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