Homeless Dog Getting Nursed Back to Health After Being Abandoned in West U
A homeless dog is being nursed back to health after being abandoned on a street in West U this week.
West U Animal Control Officer Daniel Paripovich picked up a dog on Monday that was seen running loose in the 2700 block of Sunset. The dog was probably “dumped” in the city because someone couldn’t take care of it, he said.
“It looked like a straight up neglect case,” he said. “It’s a tough situation when someone dumps a dog.”
Paripovich brought the dog to Southside Place Animal Hospital where owner Dr. Alice Frei offered to treat the dog and find it a home at no cost to the city.
The dog, which Frei estimates to be a year and a half, has scabies, fleas and mange. She is treating the dog for every skin disease they can think of.
The animal hospital has given the dog heartworm prevention and will neuter him when he’s in good condition, she said.
Frei said the dog has had a skin problem for more than a month and was probably tied up in a backyard.
“It’s like putting a baby on the street,” she said. “If there’s anything we can do for them, we’ll do it. This is something we can fix.”
Frei said it will take a couple of months for his hair to grow back, but when it does he will be a pretty dog.
“There’s no such thing as a bad dog, just bad owners,” she said. “This dog will forgive humans for what they’ve done to him.”
Anyone who is interested in adopting the dog can contact Southside Place Animal Hospital, 6902 Stella Link, at 713-349-0718.
Abandoning a dog is a Class A misdemeanor or a state jail felony if the person has been convicted twice before. Anyone with information about this incident should contact Paripovich at 713-662-5831.