Nowhere to Turn When Art was Injured

On January 19th, 2015, around 6:30 PM, I went home to let the dogs back in the house from the backyard due to it getting cold outside. When I went out the side door to get to the backyard, I noticed my 6-year-old German Shepherd, Art, was stuck in the wooden fence. At first I thought he had already passed due to him not moving, but he got up when I called his name. At that moment, I broke the other wooden panel that was keeping him stuck in the gate. When he finally backed out, he walked a few steps and then laid down.

I noticed I had blood on my hand and sweater. That’s when I turned on the light on my phone and noticed he was bleeding badly. Two of my friends and boyfriend came over, and we got him on a cover and carried him into the house to see how bad his injuries were. He had multiple puncture wounds on his face and legs. We tried cleaning him up and bandaging him up until I could take him to his vet in the morning, but one of the holes in his leg wouldn’t stop bleeding. We called over 15 emergency vets and everyone turned us down due to our financial situation. Finally I called BluePearl, and without hesitation, they told me to come in.

I put my dog in the car and my boyfriend and I drove 1 hour to get to them. We weren’t aware how badly he had hurt himself until we got there. The vet told us in the process of him trying to get unstuck, he broke his back and paralyzed himself from the waist down. He wouldn’t be able to walk or use the bathroom on his own. At that time, I broke down and started crying. I knew we were going to have to put him down because I didn’t want him to suffer anymore than he already had. The staff at BluePearl made the process a little bit easier. They were very compassionate and understanding.

Thank you for everything that the staff at BluePearl did for us that morning.

Jeanniss Martinez