A neglected, emaciated dog is recovering in Lee County after she was saved by a local dog rescue. The rescue's founder saw her picture on Facebook and had her transported from Broward County.
Callalilly is thought to be at least 10 years old, but likely closer to 13.
"She definitely pulled at our heart strings with her age and her condition," Victoria Frazier, the Founder of Love is Fur Ever Dog Rescue, said. "She couldn't die in that shelter. We couldn't let that happen."
Frazier had Callalilly brought to Viscaya Prado Veterinary Hospital in Cape Coral after she saw how emaciated she was.
"She's got some pretty significant cataracts," Dr. Megan Davis said. "You can see all of her ribs, her back bone, and her hips. She has a larger mammary tumor and a couple of smaller ones."
"There's nothing to her. Nothing," Frazier said.
Dr. Davis determined Callalilly is diabetic and blind. She's since been switched to a diabetic diet and gained two pounds in her first five days of care in Lee County. She believes Callalilly had previous owners because she's trained and knows tricks.
"She started to develop the signs of diabetes, and my fear is her owners, instead of taking her to the vet, just kind of dumped her and left her to fend for herself," Dr. Davis said.
Callalilly was released from the animal hospital Monday and Frazier is fostering her until she's ready for her forever home. Her prognosis is good, she'll have to have insulin injections twice a day for the rest of her life, and will eventually have surgery to remove tumors when she's strong enough.
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