Last Friday, Robin was found tied to a pole, lethargic, with her muzzle swollen far more than it should have been.
Neighbors who spoke with the Baltimore animal control officers who untethered the young dog said they'd never seen Robin before. Based on the pattern of her wounds, emergency veterinarians at BARCS
, Baltimore's city animal shelter, determined that Robin's mouth and snout had been tied up with rope, perhaps to stop her from barking.
Robin is six months old. Before law enforcement finds those responsible for hurting her, it's impossible to say how much abuse she's had in that short time, beyond what's shown on her face.
We can say for sure that she's getting -- and giving -- a lot of love now.
"She's such a snuggler," says Lisa Morabito, BARCS' director of operations, and Robin's new foster mom. "She's at home with me and doing great!"
Robin seems, astonishingly, healthy outside of her badly injured muzzle.
It's thought now she will need at least two more surgeries to remove dead tissue (some of which is falling off on its own, which is heartbreaking for Lisa to behold). BARCS is asking for help providing this medical care with donations to the shelter's Franky Fund
, which is used to treat hurt and sick animals like Robin.
The hope now is that in due time, once she's healed up, Robin will be put up for adoption.
"Robin has seen the worst of our city, but we here at BARCS along with our friends at Animal Control -- who have an open investigation on this case -- are determined to show her the best," reads a post on BARCS' Facebook page
Robin, sweet girl, you are not trash. You are a beautiful soul, who deserves the world and more, and we promise you nothing short of that for the rest of your days. There are humans who will treat you as family, and keep your needs close to their heart. Once you are fully healed, we are going to find them for you. Thank you for trusting us in, what will be, a long journey to getting you healthy.
And in the meantime, Robin is adjusting to her new life of kindness.
Robin loves Lisa's young daughter, and is playful with the cats. She seems to adore the household's other dogs, as well, though is extremely submissive with them as yet.
She is very cuddly and likes to head butt us with her gigantic cone. If you walk up to her too fast, she cowers and urinates then army crawls over to you, which is pretty sad but I think she'll get over that soon.
Keep tabs on Robin on the BARCS Facebook page. Here's where to donate to the Franky Fund.
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Featured image via BARCS/Facebook