Frances is a young South Florida dog rescued this week with issues so severe that her bulging eyes needed to be removed and stitched shut. Her case is attracting attention and donations from people around the world.
"Everybody that saw this dog... they were gasping for air," said Amy Roman, president and founder 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida , a non-profit rescue organization.
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Frances's rescue happened by a random encounter. A woman noticed the dog alone and restrained in the stairwell of a vacant apartment building in the Little Haiti area of Miami, Roman said. The emaciated pooch caught the good Samaritan's eye.
Frances, a boxer-American bulldog mix about two years old, was plastered with ticks and imprisoned by a hefty chain hooked to a door jam.
"This was a heavy duty rusty chain with a padlock around her neck," Roman said. "The chain you could pull a car with."
Representatives from 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida arrived, forced the chain off the door, and brought the dog to a veterinary office in Fort Lauderdale.
After eye surgery Thursday, she's is being showered with full-time affection from volunteers, and is going to be up for adoption.
She's now doing wonderfully, Roman said, wagging her tail and enjoying hand-fed nibbles of chicken.
For information, visit www.100plusabandoneddogs.org.
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