“Something I’ll Never Forget”

An animal rescue center found a severely neglected Shih Tzu dog after he was allegedly thrown over the fence at Tri-County Animal Rescue in Boca Raton, Florida early on June 8, staff confirmed .

The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter they are looking for “the heartless owners” who abandoned the animal, later named Parker.

“The dog could barely stand, let alone walk. Parker had to undergo emergency surgery. We are asking for your help. This is animal cruelty,” the sheriff’s office said, using the name it gave the Shih Tzu.

Parker is seen in a Facebook post from Tri-County Humane, which revealed a staff member picked up the dog from a dumpster at the facility.

“His hair was stuck to his skin, his fingernails so long they were wrapped around his paws and his wounds so old they were filled with maggots. The smell is something I will never forget,” shared the non-profit independent animal shelter with several photos of the dog.

“I’ve never seen anything like this before and personally hope to never do it again,” the post added. “As many of you saw on the news, our shelter had the honor of saving Parker when someone threw her over our fence near the dumpster in the middle of the night.”

Staff members said they weren’t 100 per cent sure Parker would stay the night, explaining that the dog’s tiny body appeared to have been neglected for many years. It took a team of five vets more than two hours to remove dirt and matted hair from the dog’s body.

“We found breast [sic] tumors and his eyes in a permanently open position because of the mat. One eye isn’t even fully formed,” the shelter said. “Her temperature was dropping and we spoke to her, telling her the worst was behind her, that she needed to be strong, that she was loved,” he added.

Parker lost two pounds of dirt and hair and survived the first few days. The shelter shared a video on June 15 of the Shih Tzu enjoying a walk on the grass.

“Do you think that was the first time she smelled weed?” When we first got her she couldn’t walk at all,” the shelter wrote in the post’s caption.

Dr. Lindsey Naimoli, one of the vets who treated Parker, told WPBF she believes the Shih Tzu has spent most of its life in a cage breeding, based on the condition of the dog. dog when he was found at the shelter.

“It would be extremely rare for a single animal to be horribly treated. I think it’s one of many,” Naimoli said.

The local news agency reported that Tri-County Humane and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office are working together to determine who dumped Parker.

The animal rights shelter is appealing for donations on its Facebook page.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the incident to call Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-8477.

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