Skinny, balding, and all alone.
For months, this “werewolf” stood by the side of the road. His skin was rough and scaly, and his tail was jagged and broken. His black fur was tattered and hung straight up around his neck.
The dog hadn’t had a proper meal in weeks and could barely walk.
Nobody knew anything about the strange creature except that he had spent a long time hanging out in an orchard in Madera Ranchos, California.
Nobody dared to approach the frightening and dangerous animal.
People nicknamed the poor dog “Werewolf” because no one knew what kind of animal he was. They were too scared to approach close enough to find out.
Then, at the end of March, a passerby noticed him and posted a quick Facebook update about him from her car.
The woman then waited near the dog until help arrived. Megan Bowe, another animal hero, quickly arrived on the scene.
“I was on the verge of crying when I saw how bad he was,” Megan Bowe, founder of Bowe’s Adoptable Rescued Pup, tells us. “He was on his last legs.” He was depressed and couldn’t even stand.”
Megan immediately recognized this “werewolf” for what it was: a sick and neglected German shepherd mix.
She gave him the name “King.” She then drove him to an emergency veterinary clinic in her car.
King seemed relieved to finally get help, and he willingly went with Megan.
The veterinarian discovered that King suffered from a variety of diseases and injuries. But his most serious conditions were his scabies, a broken pelvis and a broken tail.
Although he looked quite old, King was only 1 year old.
“My vet thinks he got hit by a car, and that would explain how his tail was so messed up, too,” Megan Bowe says. “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.”
Because his diseases were contagious, Megan set up a quarantine area in her garage so King could heal without infecting the other animals she took care of.
She started King on small amounts of food and gradually increased the portions to help him regain his weight and strength at a proper pace.
King needed all the strength he could get before his pelvis and tail were operated on.
Even though the was weak and injured, it was clear that he was grateful.
”He’s a super loving dog,” Megan says.
When Megan sits down, King leans his head on her like he wants to give her a hug.
“He has been so calm and relaxed through everything,” Megan says.
About a month into his treatment, King’s condition began to improve. His mange disappeared and he regained his strength.
A few weeks ago, he was finally well enough to have surgery on his pelvis and tail.
And the operations were successful!
Now, King goes for walks daily to strengthen his leg, on orders from his vet.
By the end of the month, King will visit the veterinarian again to see how he is healing and to have his stitches removed. Once he’s recovered from the first operations, he might need his other hip operated on, too.
It’s been a long journet for King, but all his progress is making the situation look much brighter than it was a few months ago.
Today, there’s a big difference between King and the scary “werewolf” that people were afraid of.
According to Megan, King will be fully recovered in a few months. Then, he’ll be available for adoption.
Until then, King enjoys everything about his new life — including eating doggie ice cream, going for walks and riding in the car with the windows rolled down!
“He is happier than ever now,” Megan says.
She can’t understand how people could let him stand by the side of the road, sick and malnourished.
“It’s hard to think that all those cars passed him by and never stopped. No one wanted to bring him home or help him because he looked so bad… But all it took was one person,” Megan says.
Sometimes the difference between a coward and a hero is just one step.
Thanks to Megan and all the other animal lovers out there who refuse to look the other way when animals are mistreated or neglected. Now, King will have a good life —something that every dog deserves!
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Mary Holland says
Give Thanks for those who care. It broke my heart to think this lovely dog was left defenceless because “he looked like a werewolf “ has everyone lost their minds. I would like to treat them as they had treated “King”. Do unto others !!! It’s not meant to fit my purpose but it helps with my justification. Poor fur baby,..,,,,,
Carley M. Small says
Yes, some people are not thinking with education, just fear and panic. No such thing as a warewolf.. but this is a dog that needs a lot of help.. and now is good. He came back, as the vets knew he would.. and now ??? Such a sweet beautiful dog with a new life to enjoy.
David Banning says
Absolutely Did the same myself – by buying a coffee for a man on the street in Norwich UK
Thats all he wanted – I said cannot get anything else – he said a cornish pastie – so I got that for him after posting a phone for someone
Sue M. says
He is beautiful. Just look at that smile in the lasr pictures.🥰
Marijean McKeon says
Thank you, Megan. Your actions saved King from a very sad end. King is smiling now because you took that first step.
Thank you very very much bless you
Janine B says
I am overcome by the number of abused and neglected animals reported daily here and on other sites. I know that a lot of people abuse animal — I read about a new abuse case almost every day — but I am more than grateful for the people like you who serve these poor abused animals and give them another chance at life. Thank you
Jacki Smythe says
Your precious heart, effort time and money and. Love to save another soul. Bless your heart
Shannon E. Tegart says
Apparently, there are many more morons in California than at first believed. They didn’t know it was a DOG? Give me a break!
Well done Megan he is a stunning looking German Shepherd and I hope you manage to find him a top notch home with people who will love him xxx
Shirley Ryan says
I am having trouble with the links in your post. When I go to the comments as instructed, the link shows a picture and nothing else. It has happened on many of your posts.
Rhonda Shelton says
God see the loving care given to his creations! Thank you for your compassion. He looks wonderful and his quality of life is so much better.
Thank you!!! Great save, you are an ANGEL!!!