By the time she was found, Susanna had almost entirely given up hope.
Thrown away by her owner in an infamous Florida dumping ground, the dog was found huddled up against a dumpster and hardly moving. She was malnourished, exhausted, and had fleas and ticks all around her body. She was not able to lift her head nor walk.
These grounds are often searched by Isabel Zapata, a local animal rescuer, in pursue of dumped pets — and in early May she found poor Susanna. She called Gulfstream Guardian Angels Rottweiler Rescue, and the group agreed to take the dog in right away.
“Animals are just routinely dumped out there to die,” a board member for the rescue, Laurie Kardon, said. “It’s a very dangerous place because there are a lot of trucks going through there at high speeds. It’s just heartbreaking. So many don’t make it.”
Zapata and other people lifted Susanna onto a tarp to get her into their truck because the poor dog was not able to walk. She was in a very poor condition — but she was safe at last.
The rescuers quickly took her to the nearest animal hospital, where they started her on fluids and ran some blood work. It appeared that Susanna was paralyzed, and the cause of that was not known. Nobody knew if she could walk ever again.
After a few more days of taking tests and getting her stabilized, she was moved to Clint Moore Animal Hospital in Boca Raton. As the tests and files were checked there, they slowly started revealing the sad details of Susanna’s past.
She didn’t have any problems with the spine, and had no broken bones — but she wasn’t able to walk as a result of what people probably did to her.
“She had some arthritis and physical deformities to her legs, which make us think she was just stuffed into a crate since puppyhood,” Kardon explained. “She was likely in there most of her life and used for breeding. And when breeders are done with dogs, they just dump them.”
The three-year-old dog had already suffered so much — but it was obvious she was eager to win this battle for her life.
“The first time I saw her, she lifted up her head and licked my face,” Kardon said. “I said, ‘There it is. This girl wants to live. We were going to do everything in our power to get her going again.’”
The rescue team and veterinary personnel came up with a recovery plan together. They would give Susanna quality food in order to help her gain strength and weight, and when she was ready for it, she’d be put on physical therapy.
Some pain medication was needed as well, in order to ease the stiffness in her weak muscles and bones.
With plenty of quality food and affection, the dog started gaining energy. In a little over a week-time after her rescue, she was brought out to a rehabilitation pool by the vet team, to test her footing.
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“We were all in tears,” Kardon recalled. “It was such a relief.”
Susanna’s vets made a point to bring her out to the pool often to stretch and walk around, knowing she wanted to get moving.
It became obvious that happiness is back in her life, and she had started wagging her tail at all the people she met.
She was recovering — and it was evident she loved people, even though she’d been put through so much suffering.
“She is just so happy,” Kardon said. “It’s probably for the first time in her life she’s felt this way.”
Susanna continued to make steady progress, thanks to more laser treatments and water therapy to continue to ease her leg pain and gain strength.
It’s been over a month now since she was rescued from the dumpster, and she finally has the strength to start meeting other dogs and gently play with them. She loves them all.
Susanna also recently found out how much fun rolling around on the grass is — a thing she may have never had experienced if her rescuers and veterinarians had not helped her.
Seeing how much progress Susanna has made, Kardon is eagerly waiting for the day she’ll be ready to be adopted by some caring people and taken to a lovely home. Until that day comes, she’ll carry on reveling in Susanna’s amazing spirit — one that seems to bring joy and positivity to everyone.
“She’sreally a testament to her breed,” Kardon concludes. “She is strong, determined, and brave, but also so sweet and loving. She’s got the heart of a Rottweiler, that’s for sure.”