Elmi, an abused pit bull, was found abandoned on the side of a road in Colorado. The 6-year-old dog was brought to the Humane Society with severe anemia and dehydration. She had ulcers and cuts on her face from years of abuse, and a large cancerous tumor was found in her abdomen.
The vets had given Elmi only a 50% chance of surviving the surgery to remove the tumor. But, Elmi is a true survivor, and she is doing well after the surgery. The vets say that she will fully recover and that her cuts and ulcers are already 90% healed.
Elmi means “worthy of love” in Italian. You certainly are Elmi.
More about Elmi after the jump.
“It’s definitely the most horrific case of neglect I’ve ever seen,” said veterinarian Dr. Lara Riggenbach with the Colorado Humane Society. “It was abusive. It was very, very bad. The physical condition was shocking.”
“I think she’s been a rock star,” Riggenbach said. “She’s been a great patient.”
“We have many cases like this. She’s the one who got on the news but it takes a lot of donations,” Riggenbach said. “It’s really nice that the public stepped up and sent in the money to help with Elmi’s care.”
Elmi’s care and treatment has cost about $3,000. The Colorado Humane Society has received about half of that in donations to help pay for her care.