A blind dog has been thrown into the frozen sea of Ireland. Now fight to survive
When even the operators of an animal sanctuary they write “We thought we’d heard it all” means that something unheard of really happened. And in fact unfortunately in the case of Ash it is so.
This blind Belgian Shepherd dog is fighting for survival after being plunged into the freezing waters of the Irish Sea on Thursday 8 December, one of the coldest days of the year. A fisherman rescued it, pulled it into a boat, dried it and carried it ashore. The four-legged was taken to a shelter, but he was too sick and the place was too noisy; then on Sunday he was taken into care by the Star Rescue sanctuary, which also gave him his new name.
Ash is blind and full of problems, possibly genetics. Star Rescue operators subjected him to clinical tests to reconstruct his situation, hoping that in the meantime the therapy prepared by the vets will make him survive.
One can only imagine how excruciating the moment of abandonment must have been. Probably, they say from Star Rescue, Ash’s owner tied him up and loaded him into the car. It is good to remember that the dog is blind, therefore totally dependent on humans; thanks to his sense of smell he will surely have perceived that he was approaching the sea.
Then, the peak of cruelty: whoever threw Ash did it from a point to which not even a sighted dog would have been able to go back up. The four-legged was thrown into the icy waters on one of the coldest days of the year. The intent to kill him was undeniable.
Unfortunately, Ash is not out of the woods yet. Indeed, his conditions worsened in the night between Tuesday and Wednesday; he is debilitated by an infection and has stopped eating. “We are fighting with you and for you”, Star Rescue operators write on Facebook.