Help: Saving Violet
This is a very difficult blog post to write. Violet is a seven-year-old mastiff dog who was found on February 8, 2016, in Maryland, abandoned and emaciated, only weighing 56.4 pounds, a third of her normal body weight. (Mastiffs generally weigh between 140 and 150 pounds). Authorities report that Violet was pushed out of a car by a human(s) somewhere in Maryland. Rescuers found Violet after animal control responded to a report concerning an emaciated dog.
A $5,000 reward is being offered from the Humane Society of the United States for information in the case that leads to an identification, arrest and conviction of those involved.
“It is unimaginably callous to cruelly starve and abandon an innocent dog in this way,” said Emily Hovermale, the Maryland state director for the Humane Society. “We are hopeful this reward will bring forward anyone with information about this heinous crime.”
Thankfully, Violet is receiving a second chance at life due to the kind help of rescuers and Mutts Matter Rescue, Inc., a dog rescue located in Maryland, that I have worked with.
Violet is receiving vet care and she is living with a wonderful foster to help rehabilitate Violet until she is healthy enough and ready for adoption. Violet’s case has received a lot of news coverage as well. You can see more of Violet by viewing this news video of Violet in her foster home. You can also read a recent article about Violet in the Washington Post.
Please consider making a donation to help save Violet. Any donation amount is very appreciated and all donations will go to helping to rehabilitate Violet. Doug and I donated, along with many others, and Violet’s case is a perfect example of why I am began my long-term photography project. Please feel free to share this post with others who might be interested in helping this good cause.
You can keep apprised of Violet’s progress here on Violet’s Facebook page. Violet is currently learning to climb steps!
Please help save Violet!
*The above image is courtesy of Mutts Matter Rescue, Inc.