A young Boxer mix named Sammie, now receiving care at Paws & Claws Animal Clinic
in South Carolina, was surrendered to a shelter with a bullet hole in
his head, covered in blue spray paint, and bearing infected wounds from
being dragged behind a car.
Rescue Dogs Rock
(RDR) in New York City has agreed to fund his care and find him a home
once he recovers—Sammie has already raised nearly $20,000 on his YouCaring fundraising page
(**please note, the photos in this link are graphic). Sammie was
“signed over” as a stray by an individual who claimed “he wouldn’t die.”
Due to the circumstances of his surrender, there will be no
Though he is certainly improving, Sammie is not yet in the clear
regarding his infected leg wounds. RDR calls it one of the “most
horrific” cases they’ve ever seen, but as Sammie fights for his life,
he—and everyone around him—have been touched by the actions of another
dog who is no stranger to suffering.
Simon is recovering from his own sort of horrific past; he was
surrendered as a stray and is recovering from mange. Owner of the vet
clinic Dr. Mike Sauer told People
that when he let Simon out of his cage, he “went straight to Sammie.”
He even hopped up on the examination table and placed a paw on Sammie’s,
almost as though reassuring him that he no longer needs to be scared.
Following a three-hour surgery to assess and attempt to mend the
damage in Sammie’s legs and repair the bullet wound in his head, Simon
continues to check on him. Sammie is on strict cage rest—the bone in his
hind leg was worn down from being dragged, he has severe infections in
the days-old lacerations in his front legs, and he receives daily
bandage changes from his amazing caretakers.
Simon, too, has some recovery ahead of him, but he is improving
quickly and will be available for adoption sooner than his friend. A
Facebook post on the rescue’s page says that “the bond between these two
continues to grow, [b]oth know they are safe and rescued.”
Keep up with Sammie and Simon’s recovery on the Paws & Claws Facebook page. Additional information about Sammie may also be updated via Rescue Dogs Rock.