Saturday, September 15
Tragic Story of Zion
A volunteer received a call from a woman whose husband, a conservation agent, stopped a man who was carrying a gun as the man emerged from a wooded area. He learned that the man had been trying to shoot his injured dog because he claimed he could not afford vet care, but though he was shooting at point blank range, the dog escaped from the grave he'd put him in and had run off. The agent and the man searched for and found the injured Frenchie.
The agent persuaded the man to turn the dog over to rescue, and his wife made a call to us.
The nearest available volunteer was 3 hours away and when she got the call she was just wrapping up her daughter's 10th birthday party. Mom and daughter got in the car and drove to pick up the injured dog. When they returned to the volunteer's vet, it became apparent that the dog, named Zion, had been struck by a car about 2 weeks prior, and had been suffering with a shattered pelvis all that time.
In addition, at some point he'd been shot with a shotgun--not in the woods earlier that day, because these pellets were healed over.
The vet recommended euthanasia for Zion, and while her daughter waited outside the room, our volunteer held this gentle dog as he crossed the Bridge.
We understand the conservation agent is preparing a case against the man who tried at least twice to kill his dog and allowed Zion to suffer needlessly for two weeks. The vet who saw him that day offered to participate in any way he can in prosecuting the owner.
The world is full of ignorance and there are many sad stories in it, and those of us who do rescue hear a lot of them. This one was particularly difficult. Please take a moment to consider how fortunate your dog is, and please consider donating to a rescue organization in your town or to FBRN in Zion's memory.
We offer many thanks to our volunteer and especially to her daughter, who learned a very hard, sad lesson on what should have been a very happy day. Rest in peace, Zion. You were a very good dog.
The Frog Princess