What They Found In This Dog’s System Will Horrify Any Animal Lover

How It Began

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There are certain stories you hear that simultaneously pull at your heartstrings while also enraging you to the point of swearing off certain parts of the human race. This is one of those stories, but it's also a story of redemption, forgiveness, and the strength of the canine spirit. But it all starts with a dog named Suzi, who was found lying unresponsive on the sidewalk in a bad part of town. She couldn't even walk, and animal control officers who responded to the call had no idea what could be wrong.

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Running The Tests

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Neighbors told animal control officers that they thought that neighborhood kids had injected the dog with drugs, so they ran a test and confirmed their suspicions — if you can even believe it, both cocaine and THC were found in her system. Cocaine is capable of causing adverse reaction that involves multiple systems of the body, including the central nervous system and the behavioral system. Panting, hyperactivity, and depression can be signs of cocaine poisoning, along with serious effects like seizures leading to death. In other words, Suzi was in trouble.

Doggy Detox

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Suzi was rushed to Faithful Friends Animal Society, where the veterinary team immediately hooked her up to IV fluids in an effort to flush the drugs out of her system. It was at that time that they determined she was probably only a year old. “When she first arrived, she was unable to walk, stand, eat or drink,” Kevin Rentz, marketing manager for Faithful Friends Animal Society, told "The Dodo."

"It Was Heartbreaking"

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“Our vets had never seen a mistreatment dealing with narcotics like this," he continued. "It was heartbreaking.” The most heartbreaking part is that she was simply an innocent animal, who most likely didn't have a home to call her own. The neighborhood kids — who clearly weren't upstanding citizens and were involved with drugs themselves — maliciously injected her and she was forced to pay the consequences. But would she be able to pull through?

Taking Steps

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They kept her hooked up to the fluids for two days and hoped that it would flush the drugs from her system as quickly as possible. Another priority was keeping her comfortable in her crate and making sure she knew she was safe — something she probably hadn't felt in a long time. “She could barely hold her head up and was barely responsive," Rentz said. "You could tell she did not know what was going on.”

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Stealing Hearts

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Thankfully, after a couple days of around-the-clock care, Suzi began to make strides in her recovery and won over the hearts of the vet team with her sweet personality in the process. “She stole the hearts of all the vets and techs here,” Rentz said. “Once the drugs had started leaving her system, you could see her personality perk up.” But she wasn't quite out of the woods yet. Would she make a full recovery?

Learning To Play

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After a few more days of fluids and nourishment, Suzi was running outside and playing with toys. The way she was reacting, the staff figured she had never even had the chance to play with toys before. “She wouldn’t let her ball out of her sight,” Rentz said. Because of her incredible story, Suzi made the local news, and it wasn't long before people were showing up at the shelter to meet her. One family in Delaware rushed to be the first to have a chance to adopt her.

Meeting Suzi

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Aida Alicea rushed her family to the shelter to meet the dog. “We were devastated to hear that someone, especially kids, would do something so cruel,” said Rosa Alicea, Aida’s daughter. “When we saw her for the first time, she was laying in the shelter cage and she just looked up at us. She was so calm, never barked, not fazed by all the barking around her.” The family fell in love with her — and the feeling was mutual.

A Brand New Start

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The family officially adopted Suzi on St. Patrick’s Day, and the whole family couldn't be happier. The only sign left on Suzi of her horrible ordeal is a tiny shaved spot on her left from the IV. Her new family said she enjoys spending time outside, cuddling up with her new mom and dad, and, of course, chasing a ball around the yard. While her story started out sad, it has a happy ending! And while it might seem unusual to deal with a dog injected with drugs, sadly, Suzi isn't the only case...

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Over In Afghanistan

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Afghanistan has the largest opium cultivation in the world; 93 percent of the world’s opium is grown there. Homeless addicts can be found crouching on the sides of Kabul’s streets, and homeless dogs are an unfortunate site in the area as well. That brings us to a young dog named Nesha, which means “intoxication” in Dari, one of Afghanistan’s national languages. She was taken in by an addict who lived under a bridge, and he had passed on his addiction to the dog. Like Suzi, poor Nesha had no idea what was going on.

Caught On Video

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Some neighborhood kids made a video that showed Nesha in an intoxicated state, being force-fed drugs. It didn't take long for the video to find its way into Afghanistan’s social media space, and it got thousands of views in a matter of hours. Nesha could be seen rubbing her head against the walls of a bridge in apparent discomfort, and it caught the attention of a local news network.

The Rescue

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“Our veterinarians were horrified to see a dog being treated like this,” said Hannah Surowinski, cofounder of Nowzad, Afghanistan’s only animal shelter. “Without any thought for his own safety, our veterinarian Dr. Mujtaba Rezaei immediately went down to the notorious area where all the drug addicts live and managed to rescue Nesha.” But along with a risky rescue — the owner wasn't keen on giving her up — Nesha had a very unique case.

A Sad Sight

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“Nesha’s was the first case of a dog addicted to opioids we came across, but since Nesha we have heard of other dogs in the same area whose owners have made them reliant on heroin,” Surowinski said. “She was very weak and could not walk properly. She was so dependent on the drugs that she would bang her head against the wall if she didn’t get her ‘fix’,” said vet Mujtaba Rezaie. “She was also very dirty and extremely smelly.” They cleaned her up and dressed her wounds, but had little hope that she would walk on her own again due to the fact that the drugs had made her legs so weak.

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A Miracle

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But Nesha was a fighter! Not only was she able to kick her addiction, but after months of daily wheelchair exercise, she was slowly able to recover her ability to walk again. “It was something we thought might not be possible, and were excited when it happened,” Rezaie added. When you think of the horrible state that she was in when they found her, the fact that she was even able to function on her own was nothing short of a miracle.

A Tail-Wagging Ending

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After months of care, rescuers announced that she was up for adoption. Brock Ditto, of Burlington, Kansas, knew she was the perfect dog for him and applied for the adoption. But it's expensive to fly a dog from Afghanistan to America — around $4,000 — so Nowzad set up an online fundraising page to cover the costs of Nesha’s homecoming. “I can't wait to get her here and give her the attention and love that she should have had all along,” Ditto said. “We will do our best to make up for lost time.”

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