TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – This story is a great example of the power of kindness and resilience. A stray dog in need of life-saving medical help is alive and well thanks to the work of many people. We want to warn you that some of the images in this story may be upsetting.
The Lucas County Pit Crew welcomes hundreds of injured and abandoned animals every year. A recent case involves a dog found covered in tar, and if not for the Pit Crew, this story would have a much different ending.
It’s hard to believe when you see Trucker today that he looked so much different just a few weeks ago.
“His whole back was covered in tar,” said Angela Knoblauch, a Pit Crew volunteer. “It had hardened to the point where you could knock or tap it and it made a rattling noise.”
Trucker was spotted running loose by a number of people over the course of a few weeks in June, but he would leave when anyone got close to him. When he forced his way into a closed area, Angela was finally able to trap him.
“He never showed any signs of aggression or responsiveness, even straight out of the trap. He stayed right next to me and walked into the veterinary hospital,” Knoblauch said.
It’s unclear how Trucker ended up covered in tar, and Angela says removing it wasn’t an easy task for staff at the West Toledo Animal Hospital.
“It took two sessions to remove all the tar and he had to be sedated to do it,” Knoblauch said. “He was so good through it all.”
“Once the tar started to come off, you could tell it had been hot when it continued because its skin was burned underneath,” said Jean Keating, executive director of Lucas County Pit Crew. “I can’t imagine how that felt to him.”
But he has felt the love of many people since then. Angela has taken him in since he got out of the hospital.
“He likes following me playing with his toys in the yard,” Knoblauch said. “He is very happy and satisfied.”
Keating says soon you won’t be able to see evidence of Trucker’s trauma.
“You wouldn’t even know it happened if you see his coat growing. He’s so grateful for his second chance, it’s worth it,” Keating said. “We put something on our Facebook page and people quickly donated to cover the cost of what he needed. We live in a place full of great people who step in time and time again. We are also lucky to work with such a wonderful veterinary hospital.
Everyone involved in this story says getting to this point is the perfect example of why they are dedicating their lives to this work.
There’s a fun way to help the crew of the Lucas County Pit Crew continue their work. The rescue is hosting the Woofstock Mewsic Festival this weekend. The highlight of this fun event is a fashion show featuring cats and canines on the runway in bespoke couture.
It will be at the Pinnacle in Maumee this Saturday. Doors open at 7 p.m. Lissa Guyton of 13abc will host the evening.
Tickets are still available, click here for details.
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