Stray dogs are living in an ongoing game of Russian roulette. Every day they spin the revolver’s cylinder and pull the trigger. If they are lucky, they get a non-loaded chamber and they make it one more day. But since there is always a bullet in the cylinder, every day they spin it, is one day closer to getting the loaded chamber and being hit by a car, poisoned, abused or hit by illness.
Sam was one of the many strays of Athens, and his game ended a few weeks ago, when he was hit by a car and abandoned, left to drag his shattered legs for days, before help got to him.
He was found by SPAZ volunteers on February 16, 2017, in one of the busiest avenues of Athens. He was in terrible pain – both his legs are broken in two, and the hind one is severely infected.
He is young, very young. He is “tiny enough to fit right into your arms”- as SPAZ describes him in his photo album- and he still has hell to go through. His first operation was performed the same day, and Sam remained at the clinic, just laying there in a crate, waiting for the pain to go away.
When his hind leg was opened, pus started coming out, which means that is severely infected. No operation can be performed yet, so the wound was cleaned up and a drain was placed. And then, more waiting… Losing his leg is the least of our worries. Sam’s life is in danger due to septicemia, and this is just too unfair.
A few days ago, he lost his appetite. Maybe he lost all hope, maybe he just wants to let go. In cases like these, the last ones to lose hope are the volunteers. Rescuing a stray like Sam makes it very hard to let him go so easily, it’s like a bet you need to win. And all the “should haves, could haves, would haves” keep messing with our heads.
What if he was rescued sooner? What if he didn’t have to go on for days dragging himself on the streets, while the infection was getting deeper and deeper into the bone? What if the lowlife who ran him over had stopped and helped him? What if all the “humans” who passed him by, had taken him to a vet before it was too late?
Sam is fighting for his life, and the volunteers are fighting with him. It is the third dog – victim of a hit and run- with two broken legs that SPAZ has rescued in just a few months. Sam’s vet bills rise up to 2000 Euros so far and even the smallest donation will be much appreciated.
You can donate using the charity’s PayPal (firstname.lastname@example.org) or their bank account (Alpha Bank 389 0023 2000 0231 – IBAN GR84 0140 3890 389002320000231
SWIFT CRBAGRAAXXX ) . Visit Sam’s entire album here.