Usually for Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap, we feature animals that “belong” to someone.
When you read his story, you’ll agree that it isn't that Sawyer belongs to no one, it’s that now he belongs to many people. You may even be one of them.
You’ll note that this dog, Sawyer, isn’t quite asleep in some of these photos. He’s close to it, but I’m betting this is the way he sleeps now -- eyes open, looking for the next human who’ll do him wrong.
Humans aren’t doing him wrong now, but they are dealing with the aftermath of people who did. And that is why he is in the spotlight of our weekend feature.
People are invested in this dog. We first learned about him from our great Houston tipster Alexandra Kelsey -- she’s got a heart that grabbed right onto this dog’s plight.
Sawyer is currently in the care of Red Collar Rescue in Houston. That’s the volunteer organization founded by Charlotte Liberda in 2007 and it has been aggressively active with cruelty cases ever since its founding.
Sawyer is an example of the Red Collar people at work.
He is suffering from many problems. Skin condition, broken bones, malnutrition, bullet wound...it goes on. Some of the problems are worse than others.
But how did he become a ward of Red Collar? Houston’s animal services, BARC (Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care), got involved first.
Charlotte send us this explanation, “Sawyer was dumped at a truck dealership at 6855 N. Loop East in Houston. He had to be dumped, as he could not walk and could barely stand when we got him.
“Below is the email I got from BARC on his cruelty investigation. Sawyer smelled horrible (and still does), from both his skin condition and the watery fecal matter that pours from his body, so they nick-named him ‘Sewer’ at BARC. Then, Sewer translated into Sawyer. But we are thinking of changing his name to Tom Sawyer once he pulls through...and we can write about his adventure.”
Here’s the note from BARC. “Charlotte, First of all thank you for pulling this one. Right now we do not have a suspect in this case. The animal was dumped at a dealership. They were working on trying to pull camera footage, however at the time when the Animal Enforcement Officer was on scene he was unable to find anything in any of their footage. He was supposed to call if he was able to find anything on the video and we have not heard from them. I will request that HPD follow up. They will try to contact other businesses in the area if possible to see if they have any video. At this point though it doesn’t look like we have any leads for a suspect. Please do keep us up to date. You never know when we might get a lead that can be followed up on and the medical records would be vital in the case."
And that is the official side for now. Someone may recognize this dog and be able to tip the authorities on the humans who let Sawyer become “Sewer.”
At first, the medical folks were concerned about Sawyer’s ability survive.
The latest note from Red Collar begins, “Sawyer's will to live is amazing! He is still in ICU with many serious medical issues to overcome, but his vital signs are stable. The worst problem at the moment is his badly dislocated hips and multiple-fractured pelvis, which has collapsed, impeding his ability to defecate. The large mass in his colon is fecal matter which could not pass and has become calcified like a rock, causing further obstruction. If Sawyer were not so emaciated, surgery would be done to remove the matter and repair his fractured pelvis, but he is too weak, and would not survive the anesthesia. Enemas and other means are being used to try to break up this matter, but no success as of yet. Sawyer is able to eat, but his body cannot properly process the food until this problem resolves. “We refuse to let his abusers win, and will be with Sawyer every step of the way.” [LARRY ASIDE: I've picked up some animals in pretty lousy shape. Lost some, saved some. But the person who did this to Sawyer? Be tough to be in the same room with that person and not be outraged to tears.]
That photo jsutd above may have captured one of the first times in Sawyer's life that he had been treated kindly by a human hand. Bless those Red Collar folks for stepping up for this dog.
Donations to help pay for Sawyer's treatments can be made on-line at redcollar.org/donations.html or by mailing a check to Red Collar Rescue, 945 McKinney Street, #424, Houston, TX 77007.
And, so, on this Easter weekend in 2017, those of us who have long been aware of the power of faith, look at this dog, at friends in need and at people who have dire situations facing them and we know that there is hope, triumph, joy.
Many of you reading this have picked up animals that looked as if they were drawing their next-to-last breaths. Some were. Many, with the hope you gave them and the belief you had, lived on. They became family members -- yes, sleeping dogs and napping cats.
And those of us who took them into our hearts will always appreciate their ability to set aside what previous humans had done to them and allow us to embrace them as genuine parts of our own souls -- kin by circumstance and happiness.
It’s important when this happens. It reminds you that “human” isn’t always a bad thing.
[Please send photos of your sleeping dogs and napping cats or slumbering critters of any kind -- even humans -- to email@example.com. We’ll feature them in our weekend’s Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap. These stories help insomniacs hold onto the belief that they, too, may find a way to nod off comfortably and get some rest. If there is the slightest hint that wearing one of those collars helps, you can bet they’ll be shopping for a “Sleeping Collar” at a pet store.]
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