Luckily, a neighbour shocked by the state of the animals, one of which had a broken paw, alerted Compassion Without Borders (CWOB), an association that specialises in rescuing animals in danger in Mexico, to their situation.
Christi Camblor, co-founder of CWOB explains:
The patio was tiny, and it was covered in excrement. They were super, super skinny, and the male couldn't put any weight on one of his legs.
The CWOB volunteers managed to convince the owners of the two dogs to give them up. Christi suspects that the man was using the dogs as breeders, to then sell the puppies illegally. This terrible practice is seen as a status symbol in Mexico.
Employees at the shelter sent one of the Saint Bernards to the vet, but as he had not been vaccinated, the poor dog contracted a disease and sadly didn't make it.
Ramona, the surviving dog, was transferred to another rescue centre in Puerto Penasco, before then being sent to California where she found her new home with Lynn Bowers and her daughter Janelle.
For the two generous ladies it was love at first sight, and they were immediately charmed by Ramona.
Source: Lynn Bowers
Ramona has also found a new play buddy in Lynn's own Saint Bernard. However, she still suffers from numerous health problems including ear infections, respiratory problems and dental problems.
Source: Lynn Bowers
Fortunately for Ramona, her loving and affectionate new home has helped her to recuperate fast and she is now much happier and more active. Lynne confesses:
She loves to initiate play with her toys.With her chosen toy in her mouth, she'll approach with her head down low and will begin her deep-sounding 'woooo' by raising her head high then dropping the toy.
Sadly there are plenty of dogs who aren't as lucky as Ramona and are still living on the streets of Mexico. Please don't hesitate to make a donation to Compassion without Borders by clicking here!Tens of thousands of dogs and cats end up in shelters each year, either due to neglect, abuse or abandonment. Consider adopting before you shop, and visit your local shelters before going to a breeder. Every dog and cat deserves a fair chance at a forever home! Shelters are full of adorable annimals just waiting to find a loving home. Adopt, don't buy!If you live in England, you can visit the RSPCA, and if you live in the United States, you can visit the ASPCA to get more information about pets available for adoption.
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