Last week, we wrote about the macabre dog-fighting ring São Paulo police busted, where participants even barbecued animals.
The case gripped Brazil’s imagination and send shock waves across the country, where most people were unaware of the horrors of dog-fighting.
Luckily, some of the dogs are receiving the care and love they needed so badly, according to a report in Folha de São Paulo, one of Brazil’s most important dailies.
Unsurprisingly, the animals are traumatized and weary of people. It is heartbreaking to read the description of the health state of the animals.
One of the dogs, Boston, has general infection and the mouth is wounded, with five necrotized spots. There are wounds everywhere and pus will ooze at the slightest touch in many parts of the body.
Besides the physical pain, the dog has no idea of what an affectionate gesture means. “He doesn’t know what a gentle stroke is because it was always followed up with pain,” says the veterinary Kelly Magda, 41, who’s looking after the dog.
Boston is one of 16 pit bulls taken in by Pit’s Ales, an NGO focused on pit bulls and who took in 11 of the 19 pit bulls rescued in the São Paulo metropolitan region on Saturday (14).
“First, they get their freedom. Then, they get names and then we hope they recover their lives,” says Patrícia , a volunteer with Pit’s Ales.
One of the dogs was named Bambina. Originally from Mexico, she needs to be kept away from other dogs because for two years she was trained to attack them.
Her body is shaved, except for the neck and head. The criminals apply vaseline on the shaved parts because the aim is to get their heads and neck bitten so they die of haemohrrage or choke to death.
Barbie is a caramel dog with hazel eyes. She barely moves all day, even when it is time to eat. She is a picture of apathy.
Another dog called Bulgaria was found to be pregnant and had the babies on the night between the 25th and 26th of December. The puppies are all struggling to survive, according to this post on Pit’s Ales Facebook page.
The dogs have a long road ahead to be rehabilitated and learn how to live with humans and other dogs. Until then, their current carers are willing to do everything they can to make it happen.