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Ruby was rescued
in October 1998. We were driving back to the sanctuary when we
spotted a dog sitting in the grass by the side of the road. As we were
on a busy highway where dogs are frequently abandoned, we turned around
and came back to check on the situation. To our surprise, we found a
young female dog, perhaps eight months old, chained to a wood pallet.
She was very friendly but she was obviously suffering from heat
distress. It was a typical, oppressively hot Florida day and she was
tied out with the sun beating down and no shade or water. As she was
located outside a business, we thought that perhaps she belonged to them
so we went to advise them of her plight. We soon saw that the business
was closed down. We were mystified. Who had left this poor defenseless
dog chained up in the heat?
We went into a neighboring auto repair
shop to see if they could cast some light on the mystery. They had
noticed her there since early morning but had no idea where she had come
from. We checked with some homes behind the businesses but no one knew
anything. We contacted Animal Control because we would not be allowed to
take her if she belonged to someone. Animal Control told us they could
not come for at least twenty four hours. That made our minds up! We knew
she would be dead from heat stroke by then. After notifying Animal
Control, we put her into the truck and drove directly to the vetís
office to get her checked out.
After she was soaked down with cold
towels, she immediately perked up. She was pronounced healthy and fit,
so back she came to the sanctuary with us. We have theorized that
perhaps she had been chained into the back of a truck, and both she and
the pallet had accidentally fallen off. She was in excellent health and
had obviously been well cared for so it seemed like a fairly plausible
explanation. We left details with all the local humane societies and ran
ads in the paper but she has never been claimed.
Ruby is a typical,
rambunctious teenager - always into mischief and extremely lively and
loving. Her origins are somewhat of a mystery. She has the face of a pit
bull, the curly tail of a chow and the body of a sharpei. Personally, we
think her mother was thrown into a washing machine with a travelling
salesman and Ruby was the peculiar result! On the positive side, she has
the most beautiful chocolate-brown, velvety coat and she loves to give
tongue baths! She also doesnít have an ounce of ill-will in her body.
Although we realize it will be difficult because of her chow/pit bull
background, we hope to find this sweetie a home where she will get the
love and attention she deserves!
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