Note from previous owner found on injured dog's collar
"Skipper," formerly known as "Diesel," enjoys a scratch behind the ears from his new owner, Sarah Rice. (Jan. 31, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Veterinarians said this is the note that was found on the dog's collar when he was found. (Jan. 31, 2013/FOX Carolina)
INMAN, SC (FOX Carolina) -
An injured dog found wandering around Inman had a note on its collar from a previous owner, saying they could no longer afford to care for the pooch.
The boxer mix named "Diesel" has had a rough road. If his rib cage showing didn't give it away, the marks, scratches and hobbling might.
"A lady found him in Lyman and brought him in to have him checked for a microchip," said Sarah Rice, of Inman Animal Hospital. "He didn't have one, but he did have a note attached to his collar."
The note said, in part, "My name is Diesel. I am three years old. I am up to date on my rabies vaccination." The note goes on to say that the pooch's previous owner was too sick to care for him any longer.
Veterinarians said they believe Diesel was sent out to fend for himself, possibly for weeks, before he was brought to the clinic.
"We're guessing he was hit by a car, because his tail is broke, and you can tell on X-ray that the tail vertebrae [are] dislocated form the rest of it," Rice said. "It just hangs limp."
Rice said Diesel's leg is also broken, but has begun to heal.
With all the heartache that has befallen the dog, there was some good that came out of his ordeal. Rice said she couldn't help but fall in love when Diesel arrived.
"As soon as I walked in the room, he came right up to me and let me pet him," Rice said. "I knelt down on the floor in front of him, and he immediately started licking my face."
Rice said she is certain the pooch was loved and cared for before he was put out. She said she's going to make sure he's returned to a loving home by adopting him and renaming him "Skipper."
"When you love them, you have to take care of them," Rice said. "Even if that means going the extra mile to find them a good home."
Veterinarians said Skipper's leg and tail will have to be amputated, but he should become healthy again in no time.
So far, the previous owner has not been found. Officials said dumping any kind of pet should never be an option. They said there are animal rescues and shelters that will take in the pet and try to find it a new home.
Copyright 2013 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >
Saturday, May 18 2013 2:54 AM EDT2013-05-18 06:54:01 GMT
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department. More >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department.More >
Friday, May 17 2013 11:00 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:00:58 GMT
A masked man barged into a local marijuana dispensary and robbed two people at gunpoint. It happened at 10:45 a.m. Thursday morning at the Relief Medical Marijuana Facility on Southeast 122nd near Glisan.More >
An armed robber held a gun to the back of a woman's head and threatened to shoot her if he didn't get marijuana. More >
Wednesday, May 15 2013 2:57 PM EDT2013-05-15 18:57:11 GMT
The old saying goes, "If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen." Perhaps, this applies to Kitchen Nightmares, as well. An Arizona bakery was featured on Friday's episode of the Gordon RamseyMore >
The old saying goes, "If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen." Perhaps, this applies to Kitchen Nightmares, as well.More >
An online beauty contest created by teenage boys is causing a controversy at Newberg High School, but the school can't do much to stop it. It's called May Madness, a bracket contest that ranks high schoolMore >
A "May Madness" bracket at Newberg High School ranks high school girls on their "hotness."More >
One of Alaska's most restless volcanoes has shot an ash cloud 15,000 feet into the air in an ongoing eruption that has drawn attention from a nearby community but isn't expected to threaten air traffic.More >
One of Alaska's most restless volcanoes shot an ash cloud 15,000 feet into the air Friday in an ongoing eruption that is visible for miles when the weather allows.More >
Friday, May 17 2013 4:23 PM EDT2013-05-17 20:23:49 GMT
A SWAT team serving a search warrant in Vancouver arrested two men on charges of rape and unlawful imprisonment.Sergio Leon, 21, and Aaron-Blair Davey, 24, were taken into custody in connection with aMore >
Two men accused of holding a woman down and raping her were arrested in a raid at a Vancouver home yesterday. More >
Friday, May 17 2013 4:10 PM EDT2013-05-17 20:10:42 GMT
SWAT teams arrested three men accused of pointing a loaded gun at a black man at a Vancouver bar and threatening to kill him. Brent Luyster, 32, and his brother Robert Luyster, 31, were both taken intoMore >
SWAT teams arrested three men accused of pointing a loaded gun at a man at a Vancouver bar and threatening to kill him because of his race.More >