CLEVELAND – Volunteers with Dogs Unlimited Rescue have helped more than 500 animals since the organization was founded in 2010, including Beemer.
Beemer was an abused dog discovered in the summer of 2011. At the time, the six-month-old mixed breed was locked in the upstairs bathroom of an abandoned home in Cleveland. He was 20-lbs underweight and eating the walls to survive.
“I’ve seen a lot of cases of neglect and abuse, but I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a dog that was driven to this level of nothingness that was still alive,” said a veterinarian who examined Beemer shortly after he was rescued.
Today, Beemer is happy, healthy and living with a ‘forever family’ in Pennsylvania, according to Gina Lutes from Dogs Unlimited Rescue. “Yes, he was adopted by an amazing family. They are absolutely incredible and I think I get pictures every other day of him.”
For Lutes and her friend and volunteer, Marcy Munoz, it’s a labor of love.
“It’s amazing to watch them come from such a horrible condition where you can see their bones and see all these infections and then, at the end, see them be this beautiful dog,” said Munoz.
More recently, volunteers have been trying to place Pickles and Stella.
“She definitely needs a special home, she is the sweetest, smartest little girl,” said Lutes, who is currently taking care of Stella. The dog wasn’t cared for by a previous owner and had a leg amputated after an injury wasn’t properly cared for.
Munoz is fostering Pickles, who has overcome his own obstacles.
“He was a tough case. His hair was all discolored from sitting in unclean conditions, so we took him in. It took a while, lots of medications, but now he looks like a wonderful Shih Tzu,” said Marcy.
Volunteers are always looking for homes for animals in need.
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“It’s extremely rewarding and those are the stories that keep us going because we see so much sadness,” said Lutes.
Mark Zinni will bring you more updates on dogs overcoming abuse all this week on FOX 8 News at 6 p.m.