A local news article has sparked a lot of interest about a sick dog who lost his nose after being attacked by other dogs. The dog desperately needs a home.
Sniffles the dog has had a difficult life so far. They left him behind in Puerto Rico, where he was attacked by other stray dogs and developed a wide range of health problems.
However, since he traveled to the US for medical care and a Florida-based animal charity shared his story, Sniffles is starting to recover considerably better and could soon find a home.
It is believed that Sniffles lived in very difficult conditions in Puerto Rico. He contracted multiple parasites, including hookworms and whipworms, and needs dental repair.
What’s more, he no longer has a nose, after he was reportedly attacked by other stray dogs that left him with multiple wounds and other ailments.
After he was discovered by a local animal care group in Puerto Rico, he was eventually adopted by a family in the U.S., where it was believed he could get better medical treatment.
However, his placement did not last long. Sniffles continued to run away, and since he needed constant medical attention, this put him at greater risk.
Ultimately, Poodle and Pooch гeѕсᴜe in Florida, a volunteer organization that rescues 500 to 600 dogs each year, took him in.
The гeѕсᴜe took him in on December 19 and quickly got to work trying to find him a home, which earned him a profile on December 24 on WESH, an Orlando news station.
After that, Sniffles’ luck changed. At least 100 people have called the shelter to express interest in adopting him and his story continues to spread.
“He will need a foster to clean his nasal passages twice a day and someone to give him eye drops every day for a condition called dry eye,” Rebecca Lynch, a spokeswoman for the department, said in a statement. shelter. a DailyMail.com
‘It is full of parasites, both hookworms and whipworms, indicating filthy living conditions before coming into our care.
‘He also tested positive for Ehrlichia, a tick-borne disease. We are treating him and he should make a full recovery.
But despite his ailments and difficulties, Sniffles is resilient and still adores people.
“Sniffles is a tough kid,” Lynch added. ‘Despite his past, and after some timid nature and bewilderment, Sniffles has really begun to break free from his shell.
“He likes to snuggle, wag his tail, spend time outdoors, interacts well with other dogs and, due to his condition, makes lovely little snorts.
“He is an adorable, happy dog and we are glad he has received so much attention since his story aired locally in Central Florida.
‘While Sniffle’s appearance is distinctive, his story, unfortunately, is not. Sniffles is just one of several special needs dogs we accept into our home each week.
While the гeѕсᴜe is currently exploring some of the fantastic options they have for Sniffles, they hope that people who don’t take him home will adopt another pet with special needs, gift or adopt foster animals.
Meanwhile, a local woman named Genesis Diaz has been raising Sniffles.
“This morning I woke up and he was next to my bed, looking at me, and then he ran over, did a little spin, and started licking my face,” she told WESH.
Animal workers are also in love.
He’s just a wonderful old man. Everyone at the vet’s office is in love with him,’ said Michelle Wacker, medical director of Poodle and Pooch гeѕсᴜe. ‘He is a healthy dog. He seems a little strange.