The life of a street dog in Ecuador can be a very hard one, illness goes untreated, hunger unfed and broken bones unfixed. Sammy was unfortunately the trifecta of those dogs.
In March while walking down the street in Cotacachi, Gayle came across a very sickly, hungry dog with a broken leg. The dog’s leg appeared to have been broken for quite some time as he was dragging it around behind him, and the front was raw and bleeding from the dragging. Gayle said he was the most pathetic looking dog she had ever seen.
Over the next few days, Gayle tended to the dog while the stray dog always kept his distance. Gayle offered him food and water, which he couldn’t even keep down for several days because his stomach was so used to starvation. Then he disappeared. After a few days of not seeing him, Gayle thought the dog had met his end, as that is the common final chapter for many ill or weak street dogs. Thankfully she saw him again, and this time he actually came up to her almost asking for help. So she helped. Gayle started by calling the local vet who came to see the dog. He advised that the leg was totally dead and would need to be amputated. He advised that unless someone was willing to take the dog and care for him, there would be no point in doing the surgery- this dog’s street days were over. He took the dog to his clinic and started treatment for the open wound, while Gayle tried to find an adopter. After a day at the clinic, the vet called to inquire if he should proceed with the amputation, and Gayle said yes. She was determined to find him a home, his life had been to hard and he needed a happily ever after.
After rescuing him, feeding him, and caring for him after his operation, Gayle decided that the street dog’s happily ever after would be with her and her family in the USA so she named him Sammy. Her only dilemma was that she couldn’t have him in her small apartment in Cotacachi. Since she was planning to move back to the USA soon, and wanted to take Sammy with her, she just needed someone to foster him for a few weeks. A terrific couple from Cotacachi volunteered to foster him at their house. Sammy took to being a 3-legged dog with no problems, other than a few spills on the slippery tiles. He went to his foster home where he had 2 beautiful sisters who helped him recover with lots of love and play.
Now Gayle and Sammy are back in the United States. He lives on a lovely farm where he’s surrounded by lots of varieties of animals where his 3 legged handicap is not only accepted but also loved. He will never be hungry and unfed or ill and untreated again. Sammy will get his happily ever after.
Sammy with foster siblings Conchita and Chloe.
To help other dogs like Sammy please donate to Amici Cannis’s cause. We want to build a veterinary hospital and animal shelter to treat, train and rehome dogs like Sammy. Our vision of healthy dogs in Cotacachi is attainable with your help! Click below to donate.