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  • Abused senior dog Maya now happy, healthy and ready for adoption

    Aug 25, 2016 | Read More News
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    MayaPima Animal Care Center announced Thursday that Maya, a 14-year-old dog who came to the shelter on May 16 suffering from severe emaciation, long-neglected infections and a maggot infestation, is healthy, happy and being placed up for adoption on Friday at noon. 

    “Maya is a wonderful example of how, because of our community’s support, we can save our community’s neediest pets,” said Karen Hollish, PACC’s director of development and marketing. “Now all she needs is a loving forever home.”

    When Maya’s former owner surrendered her to PACC, her coat was a continuous mat filled with feces, maggots and burrs, and she was suffering from starvation, eye infections and severe dental disease. Her former owner said the dog was “too dirty” to be inside with their child and asked for her to be euthanized. 

    Instead of putting Maya down, PACC’s medical team sprang into action to shave her and give her the medications she needed to begin healing. While one of Maya’s eyes could be saved, the other had been neglected for so long that PACC’s doctors had to remove it. Thanks to donations from the community, PACC’s doctors also cleaned her teeth and removed those that were causing her pain. 

    PACC cited Maya’s former owner with cruelty and neglect for failure to provide medical care. This citation carries a fine of up to $2,500, jail time of up to 6 months, and probation of up to 3 years. Tucson City Court records indicate Maya’s former owner pled not guilty and that she has been ordered to take an educational class on proper pet care.

    PACC’s Enforcement Operations Manager, Adam Ricci, said it’s important for the community to be the eyes and ears for pets like Maya. “If you are witnessing pet cruelty or neglect like this, please call and report it to Pima Animal Care,” he said. “We are here to protect these pets.”

    Under PACC’s care, Maya’s weight has increased by more than 41 percent, from 7.3 pounds to 10.3 pounds. She is now energetic, and she gets along well with other dogs, as well as cats. Her perfect home would be with a retired person who has lots of time to spend with her and who will give her the space she needs to feel safe. 

    PACC officials said she will be available for adoption at the shelter, 4000 N. Silverbell Rd., at noon on Friday.

    If you can’t open up to your home to Maya, you can still help the shelter keep rescuing, protecting and saving pets like her by donating to PACC’s Medical Fund or by calling (520) 724-5984.