He's at the Orange County Animal Care Center, I don't have an ID number for him.
Photos after 3 months of care in the shelter:
BEFORE HE WAS PICKED UP BY ANIMAL CONTROL! Breaks my heart. : (
From the post on Facebook:
PLEASE READ BELOW. 11-13 YR SENIOR Luke at OC shelter has suffered too much in his life for far too long. He needs rescue and a RETIREMENT HOME where he can live the rest of his days safe, secure, valued and LOVED as part of a family for the rest of his days, something which he was denied for too long! Friends, please help me find that special situation for Luke - please pledge. If you are LOCAL and have it in your heart and can COMMIT to offering Luke the life he deserves FOR THE RESCUE OF HIS DAYS -not a day, a week or a month-please step up for him now.
This is a special post for a very special German Shepherd at OC shelter named Luke. Despite all odds (look through ENTIRE album), Luke's will to live won out and he has recovered from the prolonged and severe neglect he obviously suffered over a period of YEARS. Now the shelter has reached out and asked for help in placing Luke in a wonderful situation so he NEVER has endure or suffer from neglect again. Luke was released from evidence by the D.A.'s office and needs rescue by AUGUST 27.
For more information about Luke adoption partners PLEASE contact
Community Outreach Team Supervisor
561 The City Drive South
Orange, CA 92868
Friends, I received an email from OC shelter requesting assistance finding help for Luke, a very special resident of the shelter since May. Luke is an 11- 13 yr old German Shepherd, seized from his owner by Animal Control in the horrific condition you see in the first 2 photos in this album. The shelter vet and staff didn't even know IF Luke could recover.
Luke's skin was dried, crusted, and thickened. He was horribly emaciated. It was hard to tell what breed or color he is. The veterinarian found that upon initial exam Luke was severely emaciated, suffering from a skin infection and hair loss, most likely related to a flea allergy, in addition to an ear infection. Luke's recovery plan included a regular medicated baths, ear drops for his ear infection and nutritious food in addition to soft bedding and a regular walking schedule.
In his first weeks at the shelter, Luke was lethargic, lumbering around with his head held low. After weeks of a regular bathing schedule and extra time for play and extra attention and affection from volunteers, Luke began to feel bette and his real ersonality emerged. OC Animal Care staff report that Luke is loveable and likes to play. He has become quite affectionate, seems to genuinely enjoy his playtime and walk schedule He no longer walks with his head held low.
Currently, Luke has gained about 18% of his initial weight and has hair covering the majority of his body. His increased activity level and playful behavior is a testament to his ability to recover with only basic care and the power of his will to survive. PEr the vet, the medications utilized in Luke’s recovery are common prescription items, available at most every veterinary clinic or hospital and were to treat basic ailments.
There has been no underlying cause discovered for Duke’s horrific condition besides the failure to address these basic ailments with commonly available medication and care for what the veterinarian describes as a “very long period of time”.