Joel is a 10-month-old staffy puppy who not had the best start but is still so loving and just a big goofy puppy, which is why we made him the Salty Dog for March.
A few weeks ago, a foster picked up Joel in a pool of his own blood. He had been hit by a car and left to die. She took him to hospital where they had to partially amputate his tail and ear due to it being dead-tissue. Based upon his wounds, the vet said he had been walking around injured for at least a week. His body was riddled with infection and the fear was whether they could save his leg, which also has a fractured tibia. The vet’s office has been treating his infection and he will have surgery on his leg March 4. He had been hospitalized previously for 2 weeks for wound care.
Joel is the most loving, delicious, forgiving and appreciative baby. We desperately need funds to assist in the payment of his 3rd surgery to repair his fractured tibia, which will cost $1,195.
UPDATE: Thanks to your kind donations Joel’s hind leg that was run over by a car and crushed has been repaired and he is now in recovery. He will be up for adoption once healed.
We received some very unfortunate news today regarding a past Salty Dog of the month from March, 2019 – Joel. As a Public Charity we believe in transparency and are sharing this news with you. A volunteer from Kibblez of Love informed us today that Joel was euthanized. We strive to hold the rescues and private individuals we work with to a standard higher than that of the Federal, State, and local governments. We required each beneficiary to sign an agreement concerning what they can do with the Salty Dog of the month and we issue the funds we raise directly to the treating veterinarian to ensure that a rescue / private individual cannot use those funds on anything other than that animal’s care. This has been the case with every Salty Dog including Joel.
Kibblez of Love promised us that they were a “no-kill” organization when we agreed to help Joel. They promised to keep us appraised of his condition and to let us know the moment things may have gone wrong. They broke their promise. At no time is it acceptable to euthanize a dog that we have worked hard to save and raise funds for – there are always options. For that, we are just as upset and heartbroken as you, our supporters.
Moving forward, we have forwarded all the facts we have received to our volunteer lawyers for a full investigation into what may have happened. We, as a charity, want to send an apology to everyone – this should not be something that we have to face. We want to assure you that we are doing everything in our power to ensure that every organization we work with is up to the highest level of standards we uphold. In the end, our mission is to save the animals that no one else steps up to help and we will continue to do so to the very best of our abilities.
/s/ Board of Governors and Advisors 1/9/2020
If anyone wishes to reach out to either the rescue or original Veterinarian who helped save Joel for more information, we have included their information below:
Kibblez Of Love | Pet Food Bank & Rescue
8100 Belvedere Road, Suite 13
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
Tel (561) 271-5890