Barkley was once a beloved pet before he wound up homeless. This senior mixed-breed pup eluded capture for over a month after he was found wandering around Lamplite Trailer Park in Kentucky.
Once at the Daviess County Animal Shelter, it became clear just how scared this guy was. Frozen in fear, he refused to move, and just sat in the corner staring at the wall. If anyone tried to put a leash on him he would drop to the ground and do a belly roll. Staff at the shelter were heartbroken that this poor pup was so terrified of human contact.
Once the veterinarian came to the shelter the extent of Barkley’s neglect became clearer. Two of his paws were infected and what few teeth he had were in such horrible shape that he needed immediate surgery. Thankfully, his story started to spread, and donations came in to help offset the cost of the surgery.
And while donations did not cover all the medical costs for Barkley, they did help to pay for him to get neutered and get much needed dental surgery done. Unfortunately, his teeth were so bad they were only able to save two of them.
Even with all the medical help he received, this senior pup was still not fit for shelter life—the heroes at the Daviess County Shelter reached out on social media once again, and a day after the request for help went out, Secondhand Hounds stepped up to take on this pup’s case.
From their Facebook page:
The sheer amount of terror that this dog, Barkley, has towards humans is heartbreaking. No dog should ever feel this way and I’m here to ensure that for this little yellow dog, he never will again. He will be given time to decompress and will be shown love, likely for the first time ever. I can’t wait to meet you Barkley!
We wish Barkley well on his new adventure and we will update you on his progress. If you would like to make a donation, please contact Daviess County Animal Control in Owensboro, KY at 270-685-8275 or send an e-mail to [email protected]
Feature Image & H/T: Friends of Daviess County Animal Shelter/Facebook