An abandoned Golden Retriever who was rescued after she ate her tail out of desperation, will soon be ready for adoption.
The 7-year-old dog named Goldie was rescued by landlord Barry Coppes after he evicted his wayward tenants in Mason City, Iowa. The tenants had abandoned eight dogs and during the process to evict them, 7 of the dogs were removed from the home and adopted. However, Goldie had been locked in a cage outside and had endured the winter cold with no food and little water for 3 weeks.
Barry took Goldie to a veterinarian, who suggested humanely euthanizing her. Barry wanted to give the dog a second chance and took her home with him. He also left a message with the Humane Society of North Iowa asking for help. On her first night, Goldie's state of starvation and anxiety was so great she ate part of her tail.
Realizing Goldie was in a severe state and more than he could manage, Barry prepared to bring her back to the vet. Just as he was heading out, he received a call from the Humane Society. They said they could take Goldie and asked that he drop her off.
When Goldie arrived at their shelter two weeks ago she was 20 pounds underweight.
"She walked in skin and bone, her tail was still missing," Sybil Soukup, Executive Director of the Humane Society, told the DesMoines Register. "But she was jumping up and down. There was still a sparkle in her eye."
Since then, Goldie has had surgery to treat her tail and is slowly gaining back weight. She loves to chase after balls and is a very happy dog considering what she has gone through.
The Humane Society said on their Facebook page, "The phone is ringing off the hook today from people who have heard all about Goldie and her unfortunate past. :( She's on the road to recovery in our care and is definitely looking forward to a new life with a forever family!"
Goldie might be ready for adoption as early as the end of next week. Goldie’s adoption fee is $110. For more information on Goldie and other dogs available for adoption at the Humane Society call: 641-423-6241 or visit their website at: www.hsni.org.