When she finally got close to the stray dog, Shauna Bauer was concerned to see that the creature was covered in lumps. However, nothing could have prepared her for the story of what had caused them. Because when vets X-rayed the animal, what they found was truly horrifying.
Bauer lives in Florida, where she has been an animal rescuer for more than three decades. As a result, people know her for her kindhearted deeds and often tip her off about animals in need. And that’s exactly how she came to learn of Honeybee.
Someone had got in touch with Bauer after they spotted a stray pooch that was roaming the streets of their neighborhood. They wanted to help the poor dog, but the animal was fearful of humans. So they decided to let a professional like Bauer deal with the situation.
But when she arrived on the scene, it was clear to see that this rescue attempt would not be easy. Indeed, Bauer couldn’t get anywhere near the frightened dog, meaning it would be impossible to get her on a lead. The animal rescuer refused to give up, however.
Bauer continued to leave food and water for the animal. Yet although the dog – later named Honeybee – would eat and drink, she remained skittish for some time.
“She was absolutely running from me,” Bauer subsequently told viral clip show Right This Minute, “deciding that I’m going to get away from this person and I’m going to swim if I have to.” But still, Bauer persevered.
As an experienced animal rescuer, Bauer no doubt saw similarities between the stray’s behavior and that of abused dogs. Beaten or neglected dogs are often fearful of new people. So Honeybee’s behavior seemed to suggest a troubled past.
But thanks to her sheer determination, Bauer eventually got near to the dog. As a sign of goodwill, moreover, the animal lover began gently stroking Honeybee’s body. And that’s when she felt dozens of bumps that were protruding through the animal’s fur.
Bauer then rushed Honeybee to a nearby veterinary clinic. And once they were there, vets tried to determine what was causing the strange lumps. Then Bauer passed a magnet across the dog’s flesh, and that’s when they made a horrific discovery.
An X-ray revealed that the dog had been subject to immense cruelty. The bumps along her skin weren’t a disease or illness. They were, in fact, shotgun pellets. It seemed that someone had repeatedly shot at the defenseless animal, leaving her body ridden with lead.
Furthermore, some of the wounds left by the pellets had become severely infected. Indeed, the vets treating her said they had never seen a case as bad as Honeybee’s. “I don’t think anybody expected it to be that severe,” Bauer told Right This Minute.
The shotgun damage that Honeybee had endured spread from her head all the way down her body. In this area, vets counted hundreds of pellets. It was difficult to comprehend the extent of the suffering that this poor animal had gone through.
The discovery broke Bauer’s heart. She knew there was no way the pellets could have got there by accident. And Honeybee’s vet agreed. “In my opinion, someone intentionally shot her,” the animal expert told Right This Minute.
The shotgun pellets had been inside Honeybee for so long that her body had started to push them out. Still, her vets saw this as an encouraging sign. It meant that her body was fit enough for the fight ahead.
Worryingly, though, authorities never found the culprits behind Honeybee’s awful injuries. This means that the violent animal abuser is probably still out there somewhere. However, it was now important for Honeybee to put her traumatic past behind her.
Thankfully, vets expected the dog to make a full recovery. And when she was well, she would be able to go to a forever home, where she could finally experience human love rather than cruelty.
Following her rescue, TV show Right This Minute picked up Honeybee’s story. And since the story appeared on YouTube in March 2017, more than 20,000 people have watched her journey. Naturally, the cruelty Honeybee suffered has disgusted many viewers.
“It’s so horrible and very sad what people do to animals,” read one comment on Facebook. “God bless you all for saving the dog, [I] hope she finds a loving home very soon.” Meanwhile, another person added, “Thank you for helping this poor baby. Praying for a forever loving home for the doggie.”
Soon, though, Honeybee had morphed from a picture of suffering into an utterly adorable little dog. “I mean, look at her,” Bauer said in her interview with Right This Minute. “Would you ever want to do anything to this beautiful dog?”
Hopefully, it won’t be long until Honeybee finds the perfect forever home. In the meantime, she’s learning how to trust humans once again. So while she might take a little while to come round to people, according to Bauer, “She’s worth every minute.