MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Twin Cities rescue group is calling it one of the most severe cases of neglect and injury they have ever seen.
Secondhand Hounds is working to heal a Shar-Pei/Dachshund mix named Wrinkles.
The dog arrived to the rescue group a few weeks back after she was hit by a car and left for dead.
The moment you meet Wrinkles, it is clear she has not had the easiest life. The 3-year-old is losing her hair, has skin and eye infections and is malnourished — and that is only the beginning.
The cast on her front leg indicates the unseen injuries after a car crashed into her on an Alabama road.
“She has broken right-front foot, leg and pelvic fractures and both her hips are broken,” said Rachel Mairose, executive director of Secondhand Hounds. “It was one of those ‘oh my gosh’ moments. How did this dog survive?”
Secondhand Hounds brought her in two weeks ago. Mairose knew recovery would not be easy with such extensive injuries.
“She’s definitely one of the more severe cases that I’ve ever seen,” she said.
Mairose also knew this was not the story of some stray. Wrinkles allowed people to pet and cuddle her, making it clear she had a family at one point.
“She probably has been pretty abused and neglected, but she is very trusting, she loves people,” Mairose said.
It is why the rescue group is taking on the long process to heal this dog.
“Right now we’re working on all these skin issues and the eye infections and stuff, and then after that we’ll start making appointments with an orthopedic surgeon,” Mairose said.
Wrinkles is showing small signs of recovery two weeks in, as she awaits a new home.
“She gets better every day,” Mairose said.
The cost for Wrinkles’ surgeries and treatment is extensive. Click here if you would like to help.