Dog living on abandoned property finally got the help she needed and has changed drastically


What does “quality of life” mean to you? One definition says that it is daily living enhanced by wholesome food and clean air and water, enjoyment of unfettered open spaces, protection, and the energy and power someone is endowed with so that he or she can enjoy life and prevail over life’s challenges.

For eight years, Violet had been “living” in a tent in Louisiana with ten other dogs, until one by one, they passed away, leaving her alone. All the dogs had been tied up and severely neglected. It is astounding that Violet didn’t die along with the rest.

When the Humane Society of the United States stepped in to rescue her, they assumed she would be feral from having lived in that condition for so long. Laura Koivula, deputy manager of animal crime for the HSUS, described her as “really sweet.” When she was taken to the Louisiana SPCA, she was emaciated and weak and covered over every inch of her nearly hairless body with mange. In addition, she had progressive dental disease and heartworms.

Treatment for eight-year-old Violet began right away, yet months would pass before her hair started growing back and she began gaining weight. The best thing was that her beautiful personality began to break through.

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