ATHENA’S HORRIFIC ABUSE

Urgent help needed for Athena !

YOU'LL NEED A TISSUE BOX FOR THIS ONE!!!

IMAGINE ATHENA'S PHYSICAL PAIN FROM HAVING SO MANY DEEP OPEN WOUNDS AND SORES. NOT TO MENTION, THAT THE VET SAID THAT SHE PROBABLY WENT WITHOUT FOOD FOR OVER A MONTH. SHE IS SKIN AND BONES. ABANDONED IN A CARRIER TOO SMALL FOR HER, OUTSIDE OF THE SHELTER DURING THE NIGHT. LEFT LIKE GARBAGE BEING THROWN OUT. LOOK AT THE FOLLOWING PICTURES TO SEE THE SEVERITY OF THIS CASE.

PLEASE DONATE TO HELP ATHENA'S MEDICAL BILLS.

We had to increase our goal due to the amount of time that Athena will have to stay at the vet and the vet explaining the numerous amount of surgeries that she will be needing.

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We were not able to post this fundraiser sooner because the District Attorney was going to make a press release and therefore, we weren't allowed to give out any information.

Athena was found in the morning by one of our staff. She was left in a crate too small for her to stand up. Not only was the stench unbearable but her condition was horrific, to say the least. Athena was so weak that she couldn't stand up. She was skin and bones and covered with open deep wounds and sores.

  

  

We only showed you a few pictures of the nasty wounds, her underside is covered with the same looking wounds and sores.

Athena was rushed to the vet and they went to work on her immediately. The vet said that she must have been inside that crate and not fed for more than a month. After her examination, they found out that she has severe anemia. The vet also said that this is one of the worst cases of abuse that she had ever seen.

On the first day, we weren't sure that she was going to make it. But she proved us wrong on the 2nd. day. Athena was showing her fight and will to live. She was eating and looked livelier.

While I was talking to her and petting her, she had a look in her eyes as though she knew that now she was safe and loved. She kept looking at me and licking my hand softly.

Athena's recovery will be extremely long. She has to gain strength and enough weight before they can do surgeries to treat all of her wounds.

Our camera caught the man walking with the crate and leaving it by the door. A camera from across the street caught the car that was probably driven by the man. 

Will you please donate to help with Athena's medical care?

 

 

Bobbi and the Strays

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Bobbi and the Strays, a non-profit, no-kill organization, rescues and provides essential care for orphaned, stray, abused, and special needs cats and dogs. Through rehabilitation, socialization, and adoption, we provide a humane service to all animals that come into our care.

80-36 Cooper Avenue, Glendale NY, 11385
2 Rider Pl., Long Island, NY, 11520
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  • Update

    REMINDER - ATHENA’S 2ND COURT HEARING IS TOMORROW, 9/7/22, AT NASSAU DISTRICT COUNTY COURT, 99 MAIN STREET, HEMPSTEAD, NY 11550. DOORS OPEN AT 8:00 AM. IF YOU CAN BE PRESENT AT THE HEARING, WE WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE IT. HAVING MANY ATHENA SUPPORTERS AT THE HEARING WILL SHOW THE JUDGE THAT PEOPLE ARE FOLLOWING THIS CASE, AND HOPEFULLY, CONVICT THE DEFENDANT. NO PICTURES OR SIGNS ARE ALLOWED.

      

      

    Athena is healing very well. As you can see in this video, ATHENA'S VIDEO, she is looking better and better and loves toys. You can see some of the wounds which have been healing nicely. She has gained approximately 20 pounds since we first rescued her, and still needs to gain approximately another 10 pounds to be at her optimal weight. She has already been spayed and recovered.

    Due to her past abuse, she was taking Prozac and Gabapentin for a few weeks to help her with her emotional trauma. At this moment she is off all medications and is doing pretty good.

    Athena will remain at the vet a little longer but when she is discharged, we will need a foster home for her. After the severe abuse that she’s been through, we don’t want to have her at the shelter. She needs a home where she will feel completely comfortable and stress-free.

    At this time all of our fosters already have animals, therefore, we are asking anyone that would be willing to volunteer to foster Athena, to fill out an Adoption/Foster application. You can find one at this link https://bobbiandthestrays.org/adoption-page-new/

    Please note that we have the following requirements for Athena’s prospective foster.

    Since we have not been able to make a proper behavioral assessment on her because the only environment that she has been in is at the veterinarian's, we must take many precautions.

    The foster home that she goes to must be completely free of animals, not only cats and dogs but bunnies, guinea pigs, birds, hamsters, etc.

    No children younger than 18 years old should be living in the home. You must have a yard where Athena can play and be trained. At this point, we don’t even know if she would be able to go for walks on the street.

    Athena has shown some food and toy aggression, which is understandable, after being starved for so long, and probably never experienced the fun of playing with toys.

    It would be very helpful if you have some knowledge of dog body language so that you can do the most for Athena. The person that becomes the foster will have help from our volunteer dog trainer.

    Again, we thank you for showing Athena compassion, kindness, good wishes, and financial support. She has already come a long way and you have been a part of her rescue, the care that she’s getting, and her recovery.

  • Update

    WE WILL BE POSTING A DETAILED UPDATE ON ATHENA IN A COUPLE OF DAYS. WE'VE BEEN A LITTLE BACKLOGGED. BUT SHE CONTINUES TO IMPROVE DAILY AND IS HEALING WELL. WE WILL POST PICTURES, A VIDEO, AND A MEDICAL UPDATE.

  • Update

    We all want JUSTICE FOR ATHENA - AND YOU CAN HELP

    Damian Douglas, Athena's former owner, appeared in court on 8/2/22, but the hearing was postponed until 9/7/22. If he is convicted he will spend ONLY ONE year in jail. Damian's lawyer is going to try to make a deal. We are trying to get as many supporters to attend the hearing on Athena's behalfPressure has to be placed on the judge to make the right decision, which is jail time. We have to make a stand for Athena and all abused animals. If enough people show up, there's a chance that the media may get involved. We would appreciate it if you are able to support Athena by showing up at the hearing.

    HEARING INFORMATION

    Nassau District County Court
    99 Main Street
    Hempstead, New York 11550
    Wednesday, September 7. 2022
    Doors open at 8:30am
    Municipal parking, please bring quarters for the meters

    These are just two of the latest pictures of some of Athena's many injuries. Click on the button to see a new video of Athena. She has been improving every day. Athena has gained 11 pounds, though we are very happy, she needs to gain so much more. This girl is so sweet, gentle, friendly, and curious. She loves all of her visitors and gives them kisses. At this point, we still don't know how long she will be at the vet. In the last update of 7/24/22, we were told that she would be there for at least 2 more months, then it was changed to 3 months.

    athena 7.22.22 2 Athena update 8.5.22 hind leg 

    Athena update 8.5.22 front leg 

    Click to see  ATHENA'S NEW VIDEO

    Again, we thank all of Athena's supporters. We appreciate that you continue to ask about her health and are concerned about her well-being.

  • Update

    OOPs    -    ARREST UPDATE  THERE IS AN ISSUE WITH THE LINK BELOW (IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE VIDEO YET) PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgCFSTT0YvI TO SEE THE ARREST VIDEO.

    Our hearts are so broken right now. When we watched the video (click on https://youtu.be/B8yuY5HzZHs  to see it) we really weren't prepared for what we were going to hear. We knew that Athena must have suffered but we didn't know how much, for how long, and even putting a face to the man was hard enough. Now hearing that this man kept Athena inside that carrier for 5 MONTHS, claiming that he did it because Athena was aggressive is a lot to handle. Now we have somewhat seen what the man looks like, it makes it so much more hurtful. To see this man and try to understand what type of person he must be to do this horrendous thing.

    We can't help but feel more outrage and more pain imagining how this poor girl must have suffered for so long in the hands of this man. Athena is the sweetest dog and she doesn't have an ounce of aggression in her. To see her in person and interact with her, to see what a gentle, friendly dog she is, while seeing the story that her body tells is not an easy thing to do.

    We can only hope that this man will pay for what he has done to this innocent animal. 

     

     

  • Update

    ARREST UPDATE

    Our hearts are so broken right now. When we watched the video (click on https://youtu.be/B8yuY5HzZHs  to see it) we really weren't prepared for what we were going to hear. We knew that Athena must have suffered but we didn't know how much, for how long, and even putting a face to the man was hard enough. Now hearing that this man kept Athena inside that carrier for 5 MONTHS, claiming that he did it because Athena was aggressive is a lot to handle. Now we have somewhat seen what the man looks like, it makes it so much more hurtful. To see this man and try to understand what type of person he must be to do this horrendous thing.

    We can't help but feel more outrage and more pain imagining how this poor girl must have suffered for so long in the hands of this man. Athena is the sweetest dog and she doesn't have an ounce of aggression in her. To see her in person and interact with her, to see what a gentle, friendly dog she is, while seeing the story that her body tells is not an easy thing to do.

    We can only hope that this man will pay for what he has done to this innocent animal. 

     

     

  • Update

     

    GREAT NEWS ABOUT ATHENA - She is improving every day, even though it will be an extremely long recovery, she has gained enough strength to walk around at the vet. She is a curious girl. You can go to this link https://www.facebook.com/BobbiandtheStrays/videos/585009873208008 to see a video of Athena.

    THE MAN THAT ABANDONED ATHENA HAS BEEN ARRESTED AND IS BEING CHARGED WITH ANIMAL CRUELTY AND ABANDONMENT.

  • Update

    DUE TO A NEW UPDATE FROM THE VET, WE HAVE TO INCREASE OUR GOAL.

    ATHENA WILL HAVE TO SPEND AT LEAST 2 MORE MONTHS THERE. ALTHOUGH SHE'S EATING, SHE'S ONLY GAINED 2 OUNCES. AFTER STARVING FOR SO LONG AND GETTING SEVERE ANEMIA, GAINING WEIGHT WILL BE A VERY SLOW PROCESS, BUT IT'S EXPECTED. SHE ALSO HAS TO BE STRONG ENOUGH AND AT A CERTAIN WEIGHT BEFORE SHE CAN GET THE SURGERIES FOR ALL OF HER SORES.

    AGAIN, WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND ASK THAT YOU PLEASE CONTINUE SHARING HER FUNDRAISER.

    WE WILL BE POSTING REGULAR UPDATES ON HER LONG RECOVERY.

  • Update

    LATEST UPDATE ON ATHENA

    Due to the condition that she is in, she will be staying at the vet for an unknown amount of time. She needs to be constantly monitored. We were also informed of the numerous surgeries that she will need for all of the wounds. We showed you some pictures of them but that is just a few. Her entire underside is covered with all kinds of lesions, indescribable disgusting sores that go as deep as 1 inch.

    For this reason, we had to increase our goal.

    We thank you so much for your support and will now ask if you can help us a little more BY SHARING HER FUNDRAISER.

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