Animal center hopes to unite blind dog with new family

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Helen Woodward Animal Center hopes to find a loving family for a dog who was returned without eyes and injured after being hit by a car.

Louis, a 3-year-old Lab/Shepherd mix, was brought to the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Calexico in late December. The dog’s previous owners had opted to have Louis’ eyes removed due to an eye infection, instead of treating the infection. After taking on the challenge of caring for a blind animal, the owners decided to give Louis up.

A rescue partner rescued Louis from the pound and brought him to Helen Woodward.

Upon receiving Louis, the center learned that the dog had experienced another traumatic event. He appears to have been hit by a car in January 2020 and broke his leg, which was never treated.

“It is extremely important that people who are considering having a pet know the obligations they have with these animals,” said Hella Tyler, director of adoptions at the Helen Woodward Animal Center. “When people get their pets for free on Craiglist, they don’t seem to realize that pets come with responsibilities and a monthly expense for their care, including medical care. In return, these Pets will provide their owners with unparalleled love. They will repay tenfold. It’s just devastating to see an animal treated the way Louis was treated.

The center hopes to find a loving home for Louis when he is adopted on January 13.

Louis is extremely shy and is still learning to live blind, but center staff say he has an incredibly loving personality and is comforted by the presence of another animal or person. The friendly dog ​​also loves to cuddle up and will explore with encouragement and kindness, the center adds.

Staff say Louis will do better in a one-story house and with a homeowner who works from home. Louis was treated for his leg injury, but is still drinking.

“Louis is amazing,” Tyler said. “He really suffered at the hands of his former owners but he shows no malice towards humanity. He is ready to love the perfect family and he certainly deserves one.”

Whoever brings Louis home will also receive a free training session with center trainer Rob Kuty of San Diego Pet Training to teach new family techniques on how to care for a pet with special needs. specials. The center also provides new owners of Louis with a bag of dog food and treats.

Louis will be available for adoption from Wednesday. To complete an adoption application, prospective owners can call 858-756-4117 or go online here.

Benjamin M. Yerger