A young Boxer mix dog named Sammie, now receiving care at Paws & Claws Animal Clinic in South Carolina, was surrendered to a shelter with a bullet hole in his head, covered in blue spray paint, and bearing infected wounds from being dragged behind a car.
Rescue Dog Rock in NYC has agreed to fund his care and find him a home once he recovers; Sammie has already raised nearly $20,000 on his fundraising page (**please note, the photos in this link are graphic).
Sammie was “signed over” as a stray by an individual who claimed “he wouldn’t die”. Due to the circumstances of his surrender, there will be no investigation.
Though he is certainly improving, Sammie is not yet in the clear regarding his infected leg wounds.
RDR calls it one of the “most horrific” cases they’ve ever seen; but as Sammie fights for his life; he—and everyone around him—have been touched by the actions of another dog who is no stranger to suffering.
Simon is recovering from his own sort of horrific past; he was surrendered as a stray and is recovering from mange.
Owner of the vet clinic Dr. Mike Sauer told People that when he let Simon out of his cage, he “went straight to Sammie.”
He even hopped up on the examination table and placed a paw on Sammie’s; almost as though reassuring him that he no longer needs to be scared.
Following a three-hour surgery to assess and attempt to mend the damage in Sammie’s legs and repair the bullet wound in his head, Simon continues to check on him.
Sammie is on strict cage rest—the bone in his hind leg was worn down from being dragged; he has severe infections in the days-old lacerations in his front legs, and he receives daily bandage changes from his amazing caretakers.
Simon, too, has some recovery ahead of him, but he is improving quickly and will be available for adoption sooner than his friend.
A Facebook post on the rescue’s page says that “the bond between these two continues to grow, both know they are safe and rescued.”