When a couple walked into Dr. Lisa Fiorenza’s veterinary clinic in New Jersey recently, she knew things were not right. The couple had with them a five-month-old shepherd mix with parvo; a virus that is easily preventable when dogs have their shots. The couple admitted to the vet that the dog was adopted three months prior, had never been to the vet and had not had any vaccinations. Now he was very sick, and no one was caring for him. Parvo is horrendous for dogs, causing them to have to use the bathroom and vomit repeatedly; and it’s contagious. The family told her that their dog picked it up when he was in a boarding house in Ohio while they were away, but the vet knows no boarding facility will keep a dog without a history if its vaccinations.
The vet explained what the expensive costs of fixing the dog would be, and the two people who brought him into the office said they’d run to the bank and be back. After a few hours, it was obvious they were not returning for their dog; the dog the doctor cared for regardless of their horrible treatment. The address and phone number they left behind were not real, and no one knows who they are. Now the dog is in the care of the ASPCA at an unnamed facility. This sweet dog is now up for adoption by another agency called the PLUTO Rescue of Richmond County. The pup is now good as new as it’s been almost two weeks since it was dropped off and abandoned, and it’s looking for a home with a family who will care for it and love the dog endlessly.