Sam the Phoenix is the story of a young “bait dog” who was pulled from the Miami Dade Shelter before hundreds of other dogs were euthanized. This handsome, sweet-tempered Pit Bull-Labrador mix needs an understanding, patient, loving, and permanent home. All of his life he has been terrorized by dog fighters, but now is his chance to find a better life; that is if we can find the right person to care for Sam.
Sam was originally rescued from a dog fighting compound and was slated to be euthanized on April 26 when the Miami Dade Animal Shelter temporarily shut down after an outbreak of distemper. A volunteer decided to foster Sam because she could not bear to see Sam abandoned again.
Sam snores like a baby, wags his tail in glee at having a home, and according to his foster mom, has the biggest smile anyone could imagine, but Sam suffers from terrible memories of his past. The dog cries in his sleep, is terrified of everything, and will have emotional hurdles to overcome before he can begin to enjoy his life as a dog again.
From his past life in the hands of pure evil, Sam is still terrified at any new noises and is even deathly afraid of seeing his own reflection in the mirror. If he sees another dog, he cowers in fear.
This three-year-old kind soul who has never known love, attention, or care has been making slow progress. In a peaceful and quiet environment Sam is slowly beginning to overcome his emotional hurdles. At one time Sam wouldn’t even walk when he was taken outdoors. His foster guardian had to carry the 60 pound dog down the stairs. At one time he wouldn’t even eat on his own; slowly he was hand fed until he is now confident enough to eat out of a bowl and go for quiet walks.
Sam’s slow progress, however had a significant setback last week. After he was finally neutered, he developed a severe infection and seroma at the site of his surgery. A seroma is a pocket of clear serous fluid that sometimes develops in the body after surgery. He has also battled pneumonia and is being treated with a nebulizer and appropriate antibiotics.
Everyone involved with Sam’s recovery wants to help this special dog find a forever home. This dog survived a horrendous ordeal; readers and humane supporters have come out through these pages and Facebook time and time again to save many other dogs in desperate situations such as Sam is facing now.
Sam’s foster agreement and original paperwork are available. No one wants Sam to lose out on a better life.
If you feel you can help Sam, please contact Mirna Trujillo at [email protected] or call 786-281-7599.
Please help Sam. If Sam were to have his own dating site, it would say; “Male, vaccinated, neutered; comes with a bag of food and a lot of love.”