As dog owners, we usually go out of our way to make sure our pets are happy, healthy, and well-cared for. We take them to the veterinarian for medical attention and provide them with food, shelter, and warmth.
Some dogs, on the other hand, are not so fortunate. Take, for example, Toby.
In De Doorns, a seven-month-old puppy was found “lifeless” in a dam.
The person who found the dog immediately sought assistance from the South African rescue organization Sidewalk Specials. Toby’s situation was critical, and he needed help as soon as possible if he was going to survive.
When Sidewalk Specials rescued the dog, they discovered his tongue had been cut as a “deworming” method.
According to them
, cutting the tongue ligament “deworms” a dog and helps it grow stronger, according to an old wives’ tale. It causes “extreme pain and suffering” and has no deworming effect in reality.
Toby was unable to walk and would not eat or drink. If he was going to survive everything he’d been through, he’d need emergency hospitalization.
Toby is “healing well” and responding to treatment, according to a Facebook
update from Sidewalk Specials. He has a long road ahead of him, but he is likely to survive and recover fully!