German Shepherd Dog Neglected, Needs Thousands In Medical Care


TOMORROW, LOTS OF SUNSHINE AND LOW RAIN CHANCE, GETTING HOT, MORE ON THE WEEKEND FORECAST COMING UP. NOW, AT 6:00, A GERMAN SHEPHERD ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY, AFTER BEING NEGLECTED IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY. THERE’S A WAY YOU CAN HELP WITH MOUNTING MEDICAL BILLS, SOME OF THE PICTURES IN THIS REPORT COULD BE DISTURBING, WE’RE LIVE AT THE HOSPITAL WHERE VETS ARE TREATING TUCKER. REPORTER: WE SPOKE WITH A VETERINARIAN WHO IS TREATING TUCKER THAT GERMAN SHEPHERD A SHORT TIME AGO. HE BELIEVES TUCKER WILL BE OKAY BUT IT WILL BE A LENGTHY AND PAINFUL AND COSTLY PROCESS. SOME OF THE IMAGES IN THE STORY MAY BE DIFFICULT TO SEE. TUCKER IS A TWO-YEAR-OLD GERMAN SHEPHERD. ANIMAL ADVOCATES SAY HE’S BEEN NEGLECTED FOR A LONG TIME. HE HAS PRESSURE SOURCE THAT ARE SO DEEP IT’S ALMOST EXPOSING UNDERLYING BONES. HE BELIEVES HE HAS THAT BECAUSE OF LAYING ON HIS SIDE FROM BEING CONFINED AND HE HAS PROBLEMS ON HIS SKIN ALL OVER THE TIME. MOST DOGS THAT ARE ABUSED AND NEGLECTED ARE AFRAID OF PEOPLE. HE DOESN’T HAVE THAT, HE IS VERY SWEET. SHE GOT A CALL ABOUT TUCKER, HE SURRENDERED HIM. I WOULDN’T ALLOW A PERSON TO GET A DOG IN THIS CONDITION. WE CAN ONLY HOPE THAT THEY FOLLOW THROUGH AND WHOEVER DID THIS TO HIM IS HELD ACCOUNTABLE. THEY’RE COORDINATING A FUNDRAISING EFFORT FOR TUCKER. THEY NEED THOUSANDS AND THEY NEED THOUSANDS TO GET HIM BACK HEALTHY AND STRONG. HE’S GOING TO BE AN AWESOME DOG, WE’LL FIND HIM A WONDERFUL HOME AND HE’LL LIVE A GREAT LIFE. WE REACHED OUT TO ANIMAL SERVICES TO FIND OUT ABOUT THE INVESTIGATION ON WHAT HAPPENED TO TUCKER, IT’S AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION AND THEY CANNOT REACH ANY DETAILS. IF YOU WANT TO DONATE TO TUCKER’S CAUSE, GO TO CBSMIAMI.COM.

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