Does everyone remember Dixie? She was rescued from a horrific neglect situation in Alabama in 2010.

Well, her wonderful family posted their yearly "Dixie Update this morning with new pictures! take a look at our Dixie now!


My heart is sad tonight after seeing the pictures of a sweet 1 yr old black fleecy labradoodle I've been arranging to bring into our adoption program. She came from a "rescuer" in rural Alabama who has had Dixie for the past 5 months, the past 5 months Dixie has gone from a happy sweet doodle pup to a sad suffering doodle banned to living outdoors because the "rescuers" couldn't be bothered to teach her potty manners. These "rescuers" didn't get this girl vaccinated or heartworm treated and watched as she slowly scratched her painful skin and watched her beautiful fleecy locks fall out.

Our foster Kristen Fuhrman (who herself is a well respected doodle breeder) went to the home and found Dixie locked in a large 40x40' pen with 5 other dogs. Her skin is covered with sores and her hair is lost in large sheets. This sweet girl came readily to Kristen despite the pain I'm sure she feels as she moves. We sent her immediately to the vet hospital where our suspicions were confirmed, this sweet doodle girl is covered with Sarcoptic Mange. She is getting treatment for the next 2 weeks at the vet hospital until she will not be contagious to humans and other dogs.

I'm posting some pictures of her, they are difficult to look at. However we need to see this poor girl as she is today. We can only hope she recovers quickly and her sweet soul hasn't born the pain of the abuse she has suffered at the hands of a woman who has the audacity to call herself a "rescuer".
We have given Dixie a new name (she was Midnight in her prior setting) and we hope she will be a strong southern girl who will rise and overcome the abuse she has suffered at the hands of humans.

Dixie and Kristan

From this view you can't even determine whether this poor animal is a dog.

Tags: abuse, animal, dog, doodle, labradoodle, mange, rescue

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The final picture is of Dixie back in May of this year! It's difficult to believe this is the same dog. My heart has been heavy thinking about this poor girl. She is safe at the Vet hospital in Alabama, getting treatment for her terrible skin infection. She'll come into her foster home in a couple of weeks, if all goes well.
Tonight, as you pat your doodles good night, please say a little prayer for Dixie.
Thank you, Liz and Kristen, for helping this poor girl. My heart breaks for her. I pray she recovers quickly and finally has a chance to live the kind of life that every dog deserves.
It is impossible to understand how anyone could be so cruel. Dixie is in good hands now, I hope she heals quickly -- both physically and emotionally.
This is incredibly heartbreaking. I'm just sick looking at the pictures of this poor girl. Liz and Kristen, thanks for being Dixie's "guardian angels". I'll be praying that she will full recover and that the rest of her "Doodle days" will be happy.
This absolutely breaks my heart! How can anyone be so cruel and ignore that poor sweet girl!! I'm glad she is safe now...way to go Liz, Kristen and DRC!
I literally have tears streaming down my face. And this person calls herself a 'rescuer'?? How dare she!
Liz - Kristen
Bless you both for getting this girl out of there!!! and into the hands of a vet!!
Crying - crying - crying. I want to plaster the world with a sign that says IT NEVER HAS TO GET TO THIS.

That person is not a resucer. She is an abuser.

As often happens with these stories, I first cry and hate people...then I start to smile and love people again because there are people Liz, Kristen, and the DRC family who DO care, who DO understand that these dogs can be saved and rehabilitated and work so hard to identify these animals in need and then HELP.

Callie, Harvey, and I will be thinking about this sweet girl, and adding to our doodle rescue bank on her behalf.

Sidebar - I think Dixie is a much better name for her.
I called the vet hospital to check on Dixie. She was "dipped" yesterday and reportedly not scratching herself as much today as yesterday. They tell me she is "medically stable". They don't think she's in pain, but in my totally biased veterinary medical opinion (what do I know afterall I treat people!) I told them I can't imagine having those open sores and NOT being in pain, so they will relay my request to the vet.
How could those sores not hurt? I have a paper cut and it's hurt all day it's just a freaking paper cut. She has sores on at least 50% of her body.

For all this neglect, she doesn't look crazy skinny. Do you know how big she is? Did someone come out to the pen and feed her every day and never LOOK at her? (I'm obviously not over the anger phase)
I don't know if you ever get over the anger at this kind of neglect and abuse.
OMG ...... This is just beyond words!


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