A community comes together to save a 6-month-old dog


There’s a happy ending.

So many criticize their local animal control officers and humane societies. These folks have the jobs that you have to have a passion for because the thanks are few.

I always encourage people to get the facts. Too often we read something online, or even in the newspaper or on the TV news, and we take it as truth without really knowing.  I’ve interviewed people who tell me about awful conditions and treatment, only to find they have never been to the shelter or rescue — “they’ve heard.”

This is a story of teamwork

One animal control officer I know responded to a call about a stray dog running through town.

What he found will break your heart. What happened next will reaffirm your faith in people.

Abby, as she has been dubbed, was starving to death. Every single rib bone and hip bone, pressed through her white coat. She was eating every day but she was starving. She was eating garbage, literally. Chicken bones, and rocks, and a corn cob (lodged like a cork in her intestine) had been her diet.

Abby was taken to Flagler Humane Society in Flagler County, Florida. She was close to death according to Director Amy Carotenuto.

They took Abby to a veterinary hospital that provides x-rays to the shelter. Abby was soon in surgery.

Shelter staff and volunteers put out a plea for funds on Facebook and $750 was quickly raised for the operation. The surgery was more than $2,000, but the vet waived the balance.

I hope all of the people who donated money have seen what a difference they made in one 6-month-old dog’s life.

I want you to see Abby now, less than two weeks after she was rescued. Just scroll to the end – a smile awaits.

Abby’s angels:

  • The animal control officer Keith
  • Amy Carotenuto and the staff at Flagler Humane Society
  • Dr. Andrea James – the FHS veterinarian
  • Dr. Kelly Long – veterinarian at Tomoka Pines Veterinary Hospital/Ormond Beach (and his staff)
  • Donors who paid for Abby’s surgery




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