Nate moved into my home a year ago. He was a good friend and needed to get back on his feet. He chose to live in the single car garage so he could have his privacy. He was very helpful around the house/yard as I have a liver and kidney transplant and get fatigued easily. It was nice to have the help and he got along great with all the dogs. But things changed, and for the worse. Nate started doing drugs and I had no idea. He stopped helping and didn't treat me well. I started keeping the door to my bedroom locked and I spoke with him several times about his actions. Reva started growling at him and would run behind me to hide if he was nearby. It was time to ask him to leave.
He acted like it was ok with him to move out and he began hunting for a place to live. Soon many people were visiting him and my garage became a hang out. After my son graduated high school I promised him a trip to Disneyland. One of my friends was to stay here and dog sit. Nate was acting ok and was glad I was going to have a dog sitter so he didn't have to worry about feeding the dogs. We drove down to Disneyland on a Tuesday and Wednesday morning, as we were parking, I received a call from the dog sitter. Reva had a broken leg.
I thought she had broken it jumping off the bed or something. I never suspected Nate. She was taken to an emergency vet who asked my dog sitter about how the leg was broken, as it was a highly suspicious abuse-like break. Reva had X-rays and was sedated to set her leg and put in a splint. I was notified that she was home resting and doing good. The next day on our way home I received another call.
Revas splint had been removed and Nate had been caught red handed duct taping her entire body including her eyes, ears and bridge of her nose. She had no way to move. The dogsitters brother had the sense to immediately snap a pic of Reva and got all of the dogs out of the house.
Meanwhile I'm on the road heading home but I had two commitments to pick up a mama dog and her three babies at one stop and four bottle babies at another stop. I do volunteer rescue transport. When I received the call about Reva I was in shock and so upset that I wasn't there to protect her. I never dreamed that Nate would ever hurt one of my furbabies. After I dropped all the rescues off I hurried to go be with my doggies. I was so relieved to see that they were safe and we were reunited.
Reva has $ 900.00 in vet bills at this point. I'm on a fixed income and in no position to pay for what is to come. I've had her at two vets and the surgery required to fix her leg/paw is complicated and needs a skilled specialist. Her estimated costs are approximately between 4-6k. If I can't raise the funds her leg will have to be amputated. Reva is only 5 years old and in good health. She loves her pack: Crazy Riley and her love to roam around in the yard and sunbath.
Her other pack member, Jackson, loves to lay next to her in bed. Jackson is missing his right front leg so he isn't as active but he is a cuddler like Reva.
Little Minnie decided it was time for her to make the trip to the rainbow bridge the week before Reva was abused. All the dogs took turns laying on her pillow and we all miss her so much! She is tucked safely into our hearts until we meet again.
I'm asking for help, something I'm not accustomed to doing. Since my transplants I am unable to work as I have health issue associated with the transplants. Im very tired and sore and with serious side effects from my medication and i usually undergo a surgery every year or two. Im on a fixed income and don't have much to spare but I am doing all I can to take care of my furbabies. This time I need help. I have never had a go fund me page but this is very important. My dogs are
family. Transporting rescue animals gives me a purpose. I do what I can to help people and animals. I know that there are a lot of people out there that are willing and able to help Reva and I want to thank you all for helping her. It means so much to me. Thank you so much for taking the time to read her story and helping her out!!!
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