Animal rescuers know that rescues can either have good or bad outcomes, and some cases they encounter bring out their absolute worst fears. Luckily, this dog found curled up in an old tire in Mexico was saved and rehabilitated, and the fortunate animal is on the road to recovery.
A man was driving through the outskirts of Puerto Penasco in Mexico when he noticed something moving inside an old car tire alongside the road. The man was curious, so he stopped to take a closer look. What he saw surprised and shocked him.
Inside the tire was a sickly-looking dog with horribly matted hair. It was skinny and curled up tightly inside the car tire.
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The man realized that he needed to do something right away, as he could not just leave the poor dog behind. So, he called Claudia Ortega, manager of a veterinary hospital, which is partnered with Compassion Without Borders (CWOB), an organization dedicated to rescuing stray dogs and cats.
Claudia went to the site right away, but when she approached the animal, the dog was not too welcoming. Eventually, the dog realized that Claudia was there to help, so it gave in and allowed Claudia to put it in a transportation crate. It was then taken to Compassion Without Borders’ headquarters to be examined medically and treated fully and properly.
“I think that [tire] was her shelter,” said Christi Camblor, founder of CWOB, in an interview. “She’d clearly been living out there for quite some time, fending for herself out at the dump for months, if not years.”
“She was in terrible condition,” Christi said. “She was a longer coated dog, and she was just matted to the core. They had to shave her down, and when they did she was just riddled with fleas and ticks.”
The dog was named Yoko and was believed to be 8 years old. Aside from her flea-and-tick-infested body, she also had an ulcerated wound on her stomach. The doctors believed that it could have been a tumor, and they kept an eye on it while she was recovering at the facility.
Yoko responded well to the treatment they provided her, and miraculously, after a few days, she was ready to go home with Claudia. In the meantime, she will be in Claudia’s hands while they wait for her to be adopted and find a loving forever home.
“It’s clear how much life had improved for Yoko since she was first rescued. She’s following Claudia around and wagging her tail and acting like a regular companion dog,” Christi said about Yoko’s obvious mood change.
Yoko has adapted well to her new home with Claudia. Although she still has some medical issues to face, volunteers and staff at Compassion Without Borders believe that she will make a full recovery in no time at all.
They are also anticipating that in a few weeks, Yoko will be up and about and ready for adoption into her forever home.