Penny living the good life
Penny captured the hearts of so many when Chain of Hope rescued her. Like so many dogs Chain of Hope sees, Penny was a Pit Bull that a family took in, then when they grew tired or it was too much trouble, passed her on to another family member or friend. Penny was an old gal by the time Chain of Hope entered her life, living is a small pen, outside, with neighbors reporting she would start to cry every night after dark until someone came out of the house and gave her food. No attention, no love, just enough to sustain her in the these horrible conditions. Her ears were bloody from fly strikes in the summer, but in one and a half years, the outreach team saw the owners only once, despite calls, and leaving information to call for help. We noticed some lumps on Penny's body, monitored those, offered medical assistance, but still nothing from the owner. We checked in with the neighbors when we brought supplies and did what we could to make Penny feel loved, that someone knew about her, checked in on her, and would not let her just fall through the cracks. We kept going and watched as the situation grew worse. Finally, the authorities stepped in and impounded Penny when we reported finding the floor of her pen completely covered in feces and filth, only to return her two days later when the pen was cleaned up! After this we were able to interveine with the owner, and by this time the lumps we had seen for so long were much worse. We took Penny for medical care and learned she had cancer. We did not know how long she had and could not bear to see her return to that environment to die. After learning the prognosis the owner agreed to surrender her. Finally her suffering was over. The cancer was too far advanced so we provided hospice for Penny. It was only 5 weeks, but the very best weeks of her life. She loved to roll in the grass, get her belly rubbed, settle in to a soft, dry, warm bed at night. She loved toys, playing with other dogs, and going for walks, and was never ever hungry again. But mostly she loved being loved, cared for, even in her very last moments, she was held in loving arms as she left this life. Your support made that happen and we thank you.
Penny in her dog house with straw provided by COH