One family decided to give up their little dog, named Deebo, to be shot down. However, Dr. Eric Setzer, owner of Lesslie Animal Hospital in Rock Hill, knew he could not do that. Instead, he decided to save the dog’s life.
“We got a phone call about a dog with a tumor on his face and he was only 5. That caught my eye because dogs of that age are not euthanized very often,” said Setzer.
When Deebo arrived, Setzer could see that the dog was in poor condition. The dog was emaciated, had skin problems and infections in both ears. Regarding his face, the pup had several abscesses and not a tumor.
According to Setzer, all dog problems were treatable!
Setzer contacted a local rescue group, Carolina Big Hearts Big Barks Rescue, who agreed to help raise funds to pay for Deebo’s medical bills.
The dog stayed at the veterinary hospital for about three weeks, which gave him plenty of time to relate to the man who had saved him.
“He’s one of those really lazy dogs,” Setzer said. “He kind of lumbers over to you, and you can tell that all he wants is to be petted and loved. He just kind of leaned right into me, and he was really, really sweet.”
Deebo was not the first animal Setzer saved from euthanasia
In 2014, Setzer rescued a Pit Bull named Snoop, who is now the dog of the Setzers family.
“His owner brought him when he was a few months old,” said Carly Setzer, daughter of Eric Setzer.
“We were not sure about the whole situation, but he needed to have his leg amputated,” Carly said. His owner did not want to pay for his surgery and intended to resort to euthanasia. Fortunately, the good-hearted man was there to save the day!
Last year, Setzer also saved a cat named Ollie, whom Carly eventually adopted. “It was a very similar situation,” said the woman. “She needed to have her leg amputated, but her owner did not want to have to pay for it.”
“I’m so proud of my dad,” Carly Setzer added. “He’s super loving toward all animals.”
While Setzer is always happy to rescue animals, he emphasizes the importance of being a responsible owner.
“If you get an animal, make sure you have the financial means to take care of it, no matter what,” Setzer said.
However, Deebo continues his recovery process and will soon be redirected to a responsible and loving family!
“Deebo would do great in any home,” said Suzanne Blocker, vice president and co-founder of Carolina Big Hearts Big Barks Rescue. “He is friendly with other dogs, indifferent to cats and he is a huge snuggle bug. He thinks he is a lap dog.”
Thanks to Setzer the lovely dog had a second chance in life … Hopefully he will continue with the good work. Share this incredible story with your friends and family!
Source: Dog World