Abandonded Dog in Compton. Calif. Severe Neglect. A Happy Ending

This is another Eldad Hagar rescue video. Eldad is a special person who is gifted for working with animals. I’ve admired his work for a number of years. Please donate to his non-profit foundation “Hope for Paws” You can type in Hope for Paws on Google and also find a huge number of rescue videos on You Tube, Flickr, and Face Book.

I am no longer astonished to see or read about the cruelty and abandonment of dogs and cats. This rescue grabbed my heart- not sure why. All of Hagar’s rescues are heart wrenching and heart grabbing. This is just one of the many truly inspiring and unforgettable rescues. This poor little dog lived with fur so matted it probably weighed almost as much as he did at the time of his rescue.

He was named Theo by Annie Hart of Bill’s Foundation and I think the name fits this little dog. He became a totally different dog in just 2 weeks time. I hope you’ll take the time to view this video.

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36 thoughts on “Abandonded Dog in Compton. Calif. Severe Neglect. A Happy Ending

  1. Awww Yvonne, I was in tears at the beginning of this but it was great to see Theo finally enjoying his life. Some people just do not deserve pet companions. When I worked as a Veterinary Nurse I saw this only too often, sadly. Thankyou for showing us xx

    • Oh Claire, I’m sorry to have caused you to cry when viewing Theo’s video. It made me cry as well. I did not know that you have been a vet nurse. I could never handle that sort of job. It would be more difficult than my nursing job. Thanks for commenting.
      ~yvonne xx

      • It’s funny Yvonne, I cry more now since no longer working as a VN. When you go through the training you do harden to a lot of what you see. You have to as it’s the only way that you are going to turn up for work every day. However there are moments that seeing what the human race can do to animals simply rips your heart out. It was a beautiful ending to a terrible start in life. Thankyou for sharing Yvonne xx

        • You have a soft heart but it had to be hard when you worked as a vet nurse. That is the only way to deal with the awful things that happen to pets. It’s the same thing for many doctords and nurses and those people that work as EMTs and in the ER. Thank you for commenting, Claire.

          ~Hugs, Yvonne

  2. hayley says:

    I’m working through my backlog of blog reading since end of June! This is heart-breaking but Theo looked well on the way to finding a new loving home. I cannot understand the mentality of people who abandon animals because anything else would be inconvenient to them. I usually don’t read articles about animal neglect and cruelty (and we definitely get a few over here) because of how upsetting they, but I did this one, and I felt compelled to make a small donation to that organisation too.

    • Hayley, thanks so much for commenting. I am much like you when it comes to reading about animal or human cruelty. But E. Hagar has and is doing so much in his relentless pursuit to save animals from the street that I have felt compelled to post some of his rescues on my blog.

      It is so kind of you to donate to his cause. You are the first person commenting here that has contributed to Hope for Paws that I know about. Every cent counts no matter the size of the donation. Thank you again for your comment and interest.

      Oh, yes, I am behind on some of the blogs that I follow as well. I think that I missed some of yours and need to go back to look over your blog.

  3. chatou11 says:

    Hi Yvonne, impossible to reply to your comment in my blog this morning… I just don’t why!
    so here is the reply “I’am going to tell him about your compliments Yvonne. Yes he is like a teddy bear and he loves cuddles.
    Unfortunately he can’t see and hear anything.. I am his eyes now!

    • Thanks for answering, Chantal. He really is a lucky dog to have you as his human. Some folks put their pets down when they are deaf or blind. Some people are just cruel but more people now are accepting of dogs, cats, horses, etc with disabilities.

      My little dog Wally is also blind and he is happy as can be. He runs around the yard with the big dogs- wags his tail and sniffs his way just like the other dogs. He is a fuzzy mostly white dog with some black. Looks part poodle and Shih Tzu mix.

  4. chatou11 says:

    Have a nice week Yvonne and thank you for your visits, I very much appreciate them.

  5. Some rescue stories do get to us more than others. I’ve seen tons but when I saw Lady Luck I knew we had to make that 5 hour (round trip) drive to bring her home. Bless all the angels who tirelessly continue to help. ❀

    • Lady Luck is such a dear sweet dog. I know you’d do the same thing again if the situation arose. Thanks so much for commenting, Paulette.

      How do you add the heart on your comments? Is it a part of your theme?

  6. Kathy says:

    I haven’t watched too many of these videos, so am not tired of them yet. So sad to think someone would abandon their pet, yet encouraging and inspirational to know that there is hope for animals like Theo. Thanks for sharing, Yvonne.

    • Yes maam, the videos will get tiring after a while so I NEED to refrain from posting any more for a long time. I never tire of watching these for I’ve been involved in capturing a few dogs and many cats. But for someone that is not part of animal rescue it would be very boring.

      I appreciate that you took the time to comment. Thanks so much, Kathy.

  7. shoreacres says:

    Well, even though I’ve been known to enjoy a steak now and then, and have nothing against a good hamburger, I still appreciate your videos.

    This is an especially good one. When they get that poor little fellow to the groomers, you can see his eyes beginning to get some life back in them.

    Our town is just beginning to develop a program that will allow pet owners who can’t afford their pets any longer to bring them to the shelter, where they’ll be kept in a foster program. The hope is that, once the program really gets rolling, it will cut down on the abandonment or dumping of pets. They shelter here’s done an excellent job of fund-raising and pet placement, and they’re working to expand the program.

    I just read that our economy has contracted another 3% — well, 2.9%. I have my own convictions about why that’s happening, but one thing’s for sure. Many people who aren’t either cruel or unfeeling are going to be hit with the need to cut discretionary expenses, and desperation makes people do things they wouldn’t otherwise do.

    On the other hand, homeless people can be some of the most loving toward their animal companions. As always, generalization’s dangerous.

    Except this: we need to educate people about how to care for their animals, and care for the animals whose humans failed them.

    • Linda, you are correct about some of the aspects of aniaml abandonment and neglect or vice versa. However, I don’t think economy or the lack of money has much to support the why/s of throwing away a pet which I lump in with animal cruelty.

      The real problem as I view it, begins with a person/s getting an animal just for the fun of it or not being able to afford the animal proper care in the first place. The example I’m using here is the dog in the video. That little dog’s fur requires regular grooming. He should not have been acquired as a pet initially if the “so-called humans” could not afford to either groom him themselves or pay to have him groomed. I think that by the time the “humans” were moving, his coat was so matted there was no way they could afford a grooming fee. Plus the little dog might have been kept outdoors and he really got even more matted and dirtier in that situation. Then add to the fact that the “humans” actually had no feelings for the dog, so there you have a combination of things that resulted in animal cruelty.

      I live in a town of 100,000 plus and we have free coupons for indivuduals that can not afford to have their animals spayed or neutered. There are even people that are helping the homeless with their animals and people that help transport those folks that have no way to get to the free clinics. Presently I’ve been driving a young minority woman to get her pit bulls “fixed.” These showed up at her house and I’ve been helping her with food and so has my friend that has a no kill sanctuary. The young woman pays me back by helping me with bathing, grooming, and medicating my animals. She helps me out at times maybe twice in a week when I need her assistance.

      San Antonio has a great program for the homeless and their pets. I wish there were more of these. Perahps Houston is following suit to do better with fewer euthanasias. My town has almost eliminated putting pets to sleep. Austin now has virtually a no-kill shelter. The animals are placed in foster homes and then when ready, huge adoptions events are held on a regular basis. There are more than 400 foster homes in Austin and I think the list is growing. There is no reason that towns of any size can not have a program such as these.

      Last on my list is that if a family has one dog or one cat or maybe two pets or even three, there is almost always a way to feed the pet/s. Stop cable Tv, don’t eat out, don’t take a trip and don’t buy new clothes. Where there is a will there is almost always a way.” I know there are exceptions to that old adage such as a pet getting sick but even then by putting your needs on Facebook sometimes your prayers will be answered.

      Another aspect is getting an animal before you are established in a stable living situation. I absolutely do not advocate any college student or anyone with an iffy and low paying job getting a pet. In this town there is one large well know university, one junior college, and one technical shool. The university students are notorious for leaving pets behind, especially cats. Right now there is a feral cat population that some groups are working on to TNR the cats.

      Texas A & M has a feral program where groups of students TNR those cats back to the university grounds. Then there are groups that have feeding stations for the cats. It has been a wonderful program and there are other schools that are doing the same thing.

      I’m sure that I’ve missed other points that I needed to make such as educating shool age children regarding responsible pet ownership and requiring children to do some kind of work at a shelter. Maybe as an adult they’d have a greater appreciation of having a pet as a family member.

      I’m off my soap box now. πŸ™‚ Linda, thanks so much for your insight and comment.


      • shoreacres says:

        I love that suggestion to work with younger kids. Children do need to be taught how to deal responsibly with animals, and that doesn’t always happen.

        And as a support for your contention that people shouldn’t have pets until they’re in a stable situation — I can’t even imagine as a college student, etc., having had a pet. I don’t even remember anyone doing that when I was in school. As a matter of fact, I’m sure that it was against the rules in the dorms, and most people who were in apartments barely had enough money for books and food, let alone a pet.

        The good news is that awareness is increasing. You certainly do your part!

        • Yes, believe it or not the students with money or not acquire a pet if they live in an apartment. Baylor is surrounded by apartments and so young people often get a pet on a whim. I got a cat from my vet many years ago and I stilll have Ziggy. He was left by two girls to “board” for two weeks in May. They never came back for “their” cat and so my vet said no one else would take him and he was going to the pound if no one would give him a home. The sucker and softie that I am has given Ziggy a home for the past 16 years. He is still in pretty good shape but needs a dental and I’ve got to dip into my savings to get that done. He is a very sweet cat and watches my every move. He lays or sits on one part of the kitchen counter where I allow the cats to be comfy. πŸ™‚

  8. sybil says:

    I am torn Yvonne. I think the treatment of this dog and so many others that are cast aside is horrific … but then I am amazed that people who cry at this video then sit down later in the day for a juicy dinner of factory farmed meat and don’t see the hypocrisy.

    • Yes, it is true that most or all of us are hyprocites. We feed our pets food that is made from beef, hogs, chickens and/or fish. But then most people eat meat that comes from feeder animals that have been fed antibiotics and steriods and whatever will make the animals grow faster.

      I’ve not eaten meat or dairy or eggs for many years now. BUt I HAVE TO EAT FISH- I buy salmon that is caught in the Atlantic. I would not eat the fish if I did not need the protein to maintain my health. For years I was vegan but then I got sick in February, 2013 and I’m still not back to where I was. My doctor told me that I had to get more protein with the Omega 3 and the good fatty acids.

      I can barely look at a cow out in the countryside for all I can think of is slaughter and the meat on display in the grocery store. I totally pass by the meat section without looking.

      The US has a ban on horse slaughtering but then the horse killers are allowed to ship the horses to Canada and Mexico. Some countries eat horse meat (France does I believe) and that makes me sick to think of it. Horses are such noble creatures that have served mankind for centuries. People continue to be callous and cruel. But then there is China that is still eating dogs. And I’m sure that other countries are doing the same.

      Thanks so much for commenting Sybil. You are appreciated.

  9. What a terrible state he was in, poor Theo. I’ll never be able to understand how anyone can be so cruel and leave a family member behind like that. It’s great to know that there are other people who dedicate their time and money to rescue animals in need. Thanks for sharing the video, Yvonne!

  10. Lovely, Yvonne, thanks for posting.

  11. Poor little fellow… It brought tears to my eyes. His hopeful and trusting eyes. His joy being caressed and then playing with other dogs. At least this little one was saved and let’s hope he found a loving and caring family. Thanks Yvonne.

  12. chatou11 says:

    Oh Yvonne when I saw Theo at first I started crying.. how can people be so crual to abandoned their pet. And all that fur he had. He found a good place and its funny to see how he was playing just two weeks after. I hope he will find a good family who will gave him love and we can see he needs it so much.
    Thank you for sharing Yvonne this video with a good ending.

    • Hello Chatou. I know that you have a soft heart too. I could not help but cry to see the state of that innocent little dog.It is unbelievable to see the state of neglect. He had to have been matted pretty bad before he was left to die on the streets. Thanks goodness some kind people kept feeding him but could not catch him. Mr Hagar really has a special gift. He loves animals and he loves what he is doing.

  13. Lottie Nevin says:

    Yvonne, it’s probably a blessing that you don’t live in Spain, you would be heartbroken at the amount of dogs that are abandoned by their owners, it is horrific – Mr Snout was just one of them. I have to confess I did shed a little tear watching this clip about Theo. It was the expression on his face when he gave up the fight and started to respond to the stroking and voice of the human – incredible his trust considering that it was humans that let him down in the first place – what an awesome little fellow, I hope that he was found a loving home (I’m sorry that I am late in commenting, I shall explain in an email xxx)

    • Dear Lottie you are not late commenting. I released this one last evening. I’ve had a total of four comments so it’s still early in the ballgame.

      I don’t think I could stand to see all those abandoned animals in Spain. I just do not understand why there are not more controls in place to get the animals spayed or neutered. It seems people are free to do whatever they choose with a helpless animal. The people in this world are a sorry state of affairs. Just reading about and seeing pictures makes me so depressed and I can not get the pictures out of my brain.

      I’m pretty sure that Colin’s separation anxiety issues are the result of being abandoned when he was a youngster. Hopefully over time he will eventually know that he has a permanent home.

      Thanks for commenting. Looking forward to news from you. πŸ™‚

  14. These happy endings are indeed “HopeForPaws”. I have seen a few of his rescues and they are all similar with frightened dogs that become happy and confident once they receive the proper care and treatment. You could see how much Theo wanted affection once he calmed down.
    We have become inured to this kind of story, not just cruelty to animals but cruelty to all living things including our own kind…and the worst is to pets and, of course, children. It’s hard to understand whether this is a new phenomenon or we just hear more about it…..but I fear it is new and growing in scope.
    Thanks for sharing this, Yvonne. The bright spots are much needed.

    • Steve, everytime I view a rescued dog I think of the Beagles and the cruelty thay suffer as lab dogs. Murphy, your Beagle that you and Mary Beth adopted and the one before him are two examples of how a rescue becomes a wonderful pet. If I remember correctly there was no history that came with your dogs so you don’t know their background. I just know that lots of dogs are abandoned in the eastern and southern states where hunters do not bother to collect their dogs and leave them behind. When I initially read about the fate of so many Beagles, I thought then, how callous and cruel can a man be that does that to an innocent animal? That was many years ago when I learned about animal cruelty. Back then it seems those stories were only the tip of an iceberg.

      I think rescued animals are eternally grateful to their humans. But you are so correct about cruelty toward pets and children around the world. It is disgusting, distressing and oh so sad. Everything seems to have gotten out of hand. We have the best of everything in this day and age but it seems that many humuns have become devils from hell. I’m not able to comprehend what all is happening.

      Have you seen the You Tube Beagle rescues from labs here in the states and in Spain? Those little dogs had never touched grass before. Those videos cause me to cry.

  15. Just Rod says:

    It is so hard to understand cruelty and neglect. It is very encouraging to know there are many people and groups rescuing many of these dogs and cats.
    Looking forward to some original Yvonnes soon πŸ™‚

    • Hi Rod. Thanks for commenting. Everytime I post something about a dog I think of your wonderful dog stories. Animal neglect and cruelty appears to be worldwide and to me that is indicative of man’s inhumanity to man which seems to be pervasive in all countries. I can only say, God help the amimals and the humans.

      Yes, believe it or not I hope to have the story of my son’s dog lady, ready to be posted I hope, in the near future.

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