Update: Rescued Husky with no eyes will not be returned to the owner (with video)

The Husky that was found “lost and scared” near a school in Portimão on Wednesday (January 14), initially thought to have had his eyes gouged out, will not be returning to his family because “they no longer want him back”, ADAP, the animal protection association that rescued the animal, confirmed to the Resident today.

ADAP’s João Ferreira, who is looking after the dog since he was rescued, has explained that, despite what many people may think, ADAP has not removed the dog from his owners. “We asked the family if they wanted the dog back, but they said ‘no’ and that we could keep him,” he said.

João also confirmed that the dog, now called Gandalph, has no eyes and that the cavities are infected and need treating. He is already on medication. “The vet will be confirming all the details regarding his health (including the results of various tests being carried out, such as for leishmaniasis) after he undergoes surgery on Tuesday (January 20) to stitch up the eye sockets.”

It appears the infection had been left untreated for too long and the dog is now being considered a case of neglect, being handled by the GNR’s environmental unit SEPNA.

João Ferreira said the animal will eventually be put up for adoption, but only when he has fully recovered. He is believed to be around 12 years old.

“The dog is very energetic and needs some training, but has a good sense of direction, even going up and down stairs,” João said. “He will also be neutered on Tuesday, and hopefully this will calm him down. He seems very territorial and is obsessed with smells.”

João has since shared a video showing the dog enjoying a walk with him -https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10203590302184256&set=vb.1416586164&type=2&theater
Fears that the animal had had his eyes gouged out in a barbaric case of animal cruelty – and that a “psychopath” was on the loose – have thus been laid to rest.

ADAP thanks everyone for the “huge wave of solidarity” and donations that will help pay for the dog’s treatment.

“We understand this case has had a huge impact on many people and that the response has overall been so positive,” João concluded.

To know more about the work of ADAP, go to http://animaisdeportimao.blogspot.pt/p/contactos.html

By INÊS LOPES
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