Poor Peanut could have died.
If you suddenly found a domestic dog laying on the sidewalk and clearly unresponsive, what would you do?
Well, for one animal control officer, it was to come to the aid of an abandoned and cute dog named Peanut. He found the poor dog alone on the sidewalk breathing, although she wasn’t responding to his touches or calls. It was only later that he was able to learn the horrible truth of what had happened to her.
Apparently, neighborhood kids had injected Peanut with cocaine. Her heart was racing. She was panting heavily, and she was barely clinging to her life.
Because she was taken to the Faithful Friends Animal Society, Peanut was able to get the care she needed and her life was saved. However, when she arrived there, it wasn’t certain that she was going to survive. They hooked her up to an IV to give her some fluids, and they ran a drug test on the poor dog.
What they found shocked them all.
Peanut tested positive for both THC and cocaine. As a form of twisted torture, she was forced to consume drugs.
The animal care workers had to flush her system of the narcotics before the dog died. They were able to do that with the IV. Peanut was young, only about a year old. Her body was resilient, and she was able to survive the incident.
Kevin Rentz, Marketing Manager of the rescue, said, “When she first arrived, she was unable to walk, stand, eat, or drink. Our vets had never seen mistreatment dealing with narcotics like this. It was heartbreaking.”
Peanut needed all the help she could get if she was going to survive this high cocaine dosage. For two straight days, rescue workers kept her lying down so that they could completely flush her system and clear her blood of the narcotics.
Apart from doing the work of helping her to heal, they also worked to give her emotional support, so that she knew she was cared for and not alone.
It definitely made a difference.
“She could barely hold her head up and was barely responsive. You could tell she did not know what was going on,” Rentz said.
However, she was able to turn things around at the end. A few days later, she was much more responsive, and she was gradually returning to her happy self. Because of the kind of treatment that she had gotten, the team expected that she would be a tad defensive. However, she was sweet and very trusting. All the people at the rescue fell in love with her immediately.
“She stole the hearts of all the vets and techs here. Once the drugs had started leaving her system, you could see her personality pick up.”
Still though, even though her mood was boosted, her recovery was still a long journey ahead. A few days later, and after getting all the love she could, Peanut was almost completely healed again. She was already playing, jumping and showing her attractive personality.
Like any happy dog, Peanut loved to chase the ball.
“She wouldn’t let her ball out of her sight,” Rentz said.
When her story made it to the news, a family based in Delaware reached out to the center and asked if they could adopt her. They went to the center, met the dog, and fell in love.
Now, Peanut has a forever home.