Dog dumped on Fall River beach in need of forever home to live out final stages of life

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WLNE) – A Fall River animal shelter is looking for a permanent foster home for a dog with not much longer left to live.

The dog, a 3-year-old Italian Mastiff named Pacha, was found dumped at Dave’s Beach in Fall River a few weeks ago.

Animal control was alerted by an anonymous caller of a dog in distress on the rocks. They retrieved the dog, with help from some Good Samaritans, and brought him to Forever Paws Animal Shelter.

“He was kind of stuck on the rocks like his motor skills seemed to be off,” said shelter director Arianna Silva. “He was kind of lethargic and not really acting like a dog. Just kind of laying there, not eating much.

Silva said animal control believed he might have been a medical dump, a term they use to describe an older animal that’s dumped by someone who can’t afford to pay for medical bills. But when Silva’s team took Pacha to a veterinarian, they learned he wasn’t an old dog.

“He’s got shiny, shiny white teeth like a pup so no more than 3 years old.”

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Sadly, Silva said, it was clear he had suffered years of neglect. He had sores on his body from behind confined to a small crate, and bug bites on his ears from living in filth.

“He’s malnourished, he’s anemic, he has an arrhythmia in his heart. We treated him for parasites, all your normal things,” Silva said, but soon she noticed his stomach was distended. Another vet visit later, and Pacha received a fatal diagnosis.

“His stomach was full of fluid from the congestive heart failure. So they drained 12 pounds of fluid out of his stomach and they did diagnose him with congestive heart failure where there’s no cure for it. So you just kinda have to treat it symptomatically and hope to give him the most comfortable life possible for whatever time he has left.”

While Pacha is improving every day, they don’t know how much longer he has left. That’s why they’re on the hunt for Pacha’s forever foster home.

“He’s actually getting up and he’s walking, and he’s paying attention to different people. He’ll jump up now to greet people. He was nudging his toy a little bit yesterday which doesn’t sound like a big deal but is a big deal for someone that didn’t even know what a toy was,” Silva said.

Forever Paws is looking for a permanent foster home with no children where Pacha is the only dog and not left alone for long periods of time. Thanks to generous donations, the shelter has raised over $5,000 to cover Pacha’s medical expenses.

“Because the first part of his life was so horrible, I think that he deserves to have whatever the remainder of his life is to actually enjoy himself and know what it is to be loved and be part of a family.”

If interested in fostering Pacha, fill out an adoption application and send it to asilva@foreverpaws.com.

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