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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.

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. There really must be a special place in hell for people who abuse animals like this. It’s appalling and heartbreaking. Thank you for bring this to our attention. I think we can all dig deep to help Sweet Violet.

    February 22, 2016
  2. I’m glad Violet is in good hands now. I’m sure there is only happiness in her future, especially once she finds a forever home with people who appreciate her.

    February 22, 2016
  3. Anonymous #

    How shocking!!! I can’t imagine anyone treating any animal this way. Can you imagine what she is thinking. I would go without food in order to feed my Dusty and break the bond of trust she has in me.

    February 22, 2016
  4. Anonymous #

    Mutts Matter is a great rescue, helping many dogs in need. Thanks to all the angels who saved this baby.

    March 16, 2016

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