For several months, a mysterious animal stood by the side of a road in Madera Ranchos, California. He was skinny and balding, with scaly, hard skin and a broken tail. This terrifying appearance caused people to call him the werewolf.
Because of his scary and dangerous look, it took a while before anyone dared approaching him. In fact, it only happened when a passerby, after seeing him, decided to post a photo on Facebook asking for help. That was when Megan Bowe, founder of Bowe’s Adoptable Rescued Pups, showed up.
Bowe told The Dodo,“I was about ready to cry when I saw how bad off he was. He was really on his last leg. He was depressed and could barely even stand up.”
She realized the so-called “werewolf” was really just a sick and neglected German shepherd mix and decided to drive him to an emergency veterinary clinic immediately. And, much to her surprise, not only did the dog not resist her attempt to put him in her car, but he almost seemed relieved to finally get help.
At the clinic, Megan heard from the veterinarian that King (the name she decided to give to the dog) suffered from several diseases and injuries including a broken pelvis and a broken tail. She also learned that, although he looked much older, King was only a year old.
“My vet thinks he got hit by a car, and that would explain how his tail was so messed up, too,” she said. “That injury happened months ago, because by the time I got him it had already started to heal incorrectly. And with such a damaged pelvis, he wasn’t able to get around very far on his own to look for food, so he was extremely skinny and dehydrated.”
A chance to recover
Megan took him to her house and set up a quarantine area in her garage so her other animals would not be infected by King’s contagious diseases. He needed to gain some weight before he could have surgery to fix his pelvis and tail, so she helped him by giving him small portions of food and gradually increasing them as he got stronger.
Following the vet’s orders, King now goes for daily walks to strengthen his legs while he waits patiently for when he can have his stitches removed. Once he is fully recovered, Megan Bowe says he is going to be available for adoption. Hopefully, he will soon have the happy home and family he deserves.