A small dog, now named Buster, was a beautiful, healthy little pooch when he went into the care of an unnamed woman. Rather than being loved and cared for, little Buster suffered awful abuse.
He quickly deteriorated into a shell of his former self. Fortunately, he was saved from his misery by the Sunflower Sanctuary Animal Rescue in Tijeras, New Mexico.
The rescue’s founder, Cynthia Dares, detailed the horrors of Buster’s life on Facebook. She shared that he’d been starved, something that was quite evident by his skeletal appearance and his desperation for food and water when it was given to him.
But worse still were his injuries. The poor dog had been forced to endure cruel punishments of being sprayed in the eyes with Febreze every time he barked. He had also been neglected to the point that he was experiencing difficulty walking and peeing.
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“Little Buster (renamed) has been thru hell in the last year. He came into the home of a woman in good health and a handsome little boy. He was rescued and came into our home as a kicked, abused, neglected, starved, not given water for 14 hours at a time from the moment he arrived. He only weighs 10.4 lbs, a tiny little thing. His eye will be removed after having Febreze sprayed in it because he barked. Hopefully his other eye will last a little longer. His paws were so bad he could hardly walk. The nails were growing over each other and into his skin. Under his belly the mats were soaked with his urine and he could hardly pee pee.”
It is unimaginable to think of all the trauma and fear that this poor little guy must have experienced while living in that home. But thanks to the rescue’s efforts, Buster has turned a corner. The sweet pup underwent a successful eye surgery, and he was also given a good grooming to remove all the clumps and mats that riddled his body.
Dares also shared that she has every intention of filing abuse charges against the former owner. As KOB4 News reported, the Valencia County Animal Control is investigating the case.
Perhaps most shocking is that according to the post by Sunflower Sanctuary Animal Rescue, the former owner of Buster was previously charged with animal abuse back in 2008. As the post detailed, that case was a mere slap on the wrist for the person, who was given 100 hours of community service and a $600 fine.
While we can only hope that this time they don’t get away with the abuse and actually have to face a real punishment, the most important thing to remember is that Buster is finally in a safe place where he is loved and cared for.
Dares will be keeping him at her sanctuary, along with her other rescue dogs, in order to let him live out his days. The rescue founder explained that the animals she rescues are the ones who “stay here until they are ready for the Rainbow Bridge.”