A deaf senior dog who was abused, starved and abandoned in a parking lot, has a home filled with love and recently received a donated wheelchair to help him get around.
Norman, who is around 11 years old, was found covered with thousands of fleas and sores and severely emaciated by a Good Samaritan in Indiana. The person called Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside (FIDO) for help. They came and picked him up and took him in.
"He was clearly malnourished and extremely dehydrated," said Jeni Christoffersen, president of FIDO told RTV6 News. "He had no energy, was lethargic and couldn’t even walk or lift his head."
Norman when he was found and rescued. Photo: Facebook
They set out to save the dog who had been beaten and starved. Norman now has a forever home with Susan Niehoff, who has looked after him for nearly a year. She fell in love with the dog and came up with his name. She wrote on FIDO's website:
On July 21st I was introduced to an extremely emaciated, fearful dog who had been kicked, starved, neglected, and ignored. He paced the ﬂoor and cringed when touched. I named him Norman, even though he cannot hear his name. Sadly, he had had so many untreated ear infections that he was left deaf.
For the ﬁrst couple of months he displayed an extreme food aggression, and was constantly hungry. I gave him his space, but also reached out to him. Soon he began to trust me, and now he loves being loved.
Norman is around eleven years old, but he acts like a very young dog. What a joy he is to me and my family and friends.
Norman nearly a year after his rescue
Norman has warmed up to Susan and now sticks to her like "velcro". Norman suffers from arthritis that's affected his ability to get around on his rear legs of late. So FIDO launched a search for a doggie wheelchair. An animal rescue in Kentucky donated one and Norman is embracing it. "He's happy now, he can go places," said Susan, adding "He wants to go places."
Norman with Susan
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