The 4th of July is the one holiday that brings together every American, irrespective of their race, gender, religion or political views. It is the one day that everyone forgets about their differences and unites to celebrate their freedom. This year’s Independence Day was made extra special for Libre, a poor dog who was rescued on the 4th of July. “Libre” means freedom, making it an especially fitting name for the dog, rescued on his own Independence Day.
When Janine Guido, founder of Speranza Animal Rescue, first met Libre he was in a truly terrible state. He had been handed over by a breeder, unable to stand and giving off a foul rotting smell. On closer inspection his infected skin was riddled with maggots.
Janine recalled his appearance, saying, “He was emaciated, dehydrated and limp. I have never in my life seen a dog this close to death. He was literally clinging to life the first time I laid eyes on him.”
Libre was sent to Dillsburg Veterinary Center for intensive care. Once there, he was treated with antibiotics and the maggots were carefully removed. He was still in a critical condition but was able to take some food, giving his carers hope that he might push through.
“He actually gobbled it down quickly and then lifted his little head up on his own,” the clinic posted on their Facebook page. “He is a fighter and is being lifted up with all your prayers.”
Libre’s recovery was necessarily going to be slow and his condition meant that he required constant care and attention. But slow progress is lasting progress.
Libre’s breeder, however, did not give up the pup alone. In fact, they also turned over the young pooch’s mother. And considering the sad state that Libre is in, we can only hope that she, too, can make a similar recovery from the horrors that they must have faced.
The shelter she was lodged with, the Lancaster SPCA, has a humane law enforcement remit but has decided against pursuing criminal charges against the breeder for lack of definitive evidence. Nevertheless, Janine has promised to keep Libre in the public eye and to fight for justice for him.
Thankfully, Libre started to show signs of improvement. He started eating and has even put on half a pound. So, with the pup having been standing at death’s door just a few days before, gradually his condition improved.
Libre has a lot to look forward to as well. The next step for him is to be fostered, and then hopefully he will be adopted and find a new, loving home.
“With each improvement he shows us why he is an inspiration to all of us,” says Janine. “This little four-month-old pup is not giving up. He is a true fighter and has such a will to live.”