CHARLOTTE THE MIRACLE CHIHUAHUA
Charlotte was a year old when she showed up on the porch of a St Louis woman’s home. Her eyes were swollen shut, her throat was nearly swollen shut, and her head was swollen three to four times it’s normal size. Her breathing was shallow and she had bite marks on her head and legs.
The woman called the Humane Society of Missouri and told them that she had some sort of weird animal on her porch and it was scaring her. The “animal” was an emaciated 4 pound Chihuahua. She was in such grave condition that the Humane Society transferred her to an emergency animal clinic for care.
When she arrived at the emergency animal clinic, they cut off a plastic zip tie that was implanted in her neck. The plastic zip tie was cutting off her air and caused her head to expand. Upon thorough examination, they found that she was also emaciated, had heart worms, and had a heart murmur.
Charlotte’s health was touch and go for the next eight weeks. In time she was well enough to stay with Human Society education specialist JoEllyn Klepacki. Five months after Charlotte was rescued, she was put up for adoption. Three hundred people applied to adopt Charlotte because of all the exposure from the publicity that surrounded the rescue.
Soon after Charlotte was adopted, she was returned to the Humane Society because her adopted home had a very active Rottweiler who was over playful with Charlotte. JoEllyn Klepacki decided to keep Charlotte for herself.
She is perfectly healthy now, with just a slight heart murmur that doesn’t bother her. Charlotte is now a humane educator along with her friend Yoda, an 11-year old Australian cattle dog mix. They help to educate students about animal abuse and science careers.
Animals have a lesson to teach us all, and Charlotte is helping us to get that message about the importance of treating animals well.