ANIMALS

'Ugly' Dog Was Abandoned And Almost Killed, But One Lucky Tail Wag Helped Him Find A Loving Family

Date November 12, 2018 13:11

The internet is full of photos and stories about cute dogs and cats finding perfect homes. This might make you think only animals that look great or clean up nicely deserve to be loved and shown off.

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All animals deserve love

But the parents of this endearing dog, Murray, prove to the world that all animals matter, even if their faces have been disfigured by disease. This pup suffers from a condition known as canine distemper.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This dreaded animal disease is viral and attacks dogs if they aren’t vaccinated. It can also be passed on from mothers through the placenta.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Once infected, the dog’s nervous system is affected, and it could suffer everything from head tilts to partial or complete paralysis.

Murray gets lucky and finds a loving home

Murray and his siblings were infected as pups and lived on a beach in Puerto Rico called the 'Dead Dog Beach', a place for abandoned dogs. It was here that they were rescued by The Sato Project, a charity that saves the lives of dogs in danger.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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They were going to euthanize Murray because he was very sick, but changed their minds after he won them over by wagging his tail. The vets did all they could to treat him, and then he found some good fortune: He was adopted by a Massachusetts family who loves him, flaws and all.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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His owner, Makenzie Gallant, says:

The signature tongue out is just the cutest thing, and his crooked features, if you look at his face closely you notice his ears aren’t aligned right on his head.

Helping dogs with canine distemper

His quirks are the reason they love him. But it is possible to prevent canine distemper and save more dogs from Murray's terrible experience. Although some vaccines may cause brain swelling in very rare cases, they are still the most effective preventive methods.

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However, experts still recommend that euthanasia is the best option for dogs with severe complications. That said, pet owners are advised to wait about 1 month before introducing a new pet to their home if they have recently lost one to a Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) infection.

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