A project of HUMANE SOCIETY OF YUMA INC
Frankie Stein is one example of our desire to save all that we can and get them into a loving forever home
You Can't Judge a Book by its' Cover
Frankie, a sweet and loveable coonhound mix, was out wandering the streets before he was brought into the shelter by an Animal Control Officer. Looking at his injuries we suspected he was used as a "bait" dog. His right ear was torn off at the skull and his left ear was in tatters. His head and body had patches of fur missing. His teeth had been filed down and many were missing. He was extremely emaciated and due to the ear traumas he had lost his hearing. In spite of all this, Frankie had a gentle loving spirit with no signs of aggression. He just wanted to be with others and be loved.
Once he was brought into the shelter, our veterinarian evaluated Frankie and prescribed medications for his ears. We knew that Frankie needed to be out of the shelter environment and in the care of a loving family. A shelter staff member fell in love with his gentle loving spirit and took him into her home, along with her six dogs. After just one week of being in a loving home and five meals a day, he started to gain weight. After two weeks, his hearing started to return.
After the third week in a loving home environment, he was brought back to the shelter for neutering. At that time, it was discovered he had CTVT (Canine Transmissible Venereal Tumors), a sexually transmitted cancerous tumor. Through the use of our cruelty/medical fund, we were able to obtain the required chemotherapy medication that could cure Frankie's disease. Frankie was neutered and the first dose of the medication was administered. Two weeks later the second dose was given.
Today his tumor is gone and he appears to be in remission . His hearing has almost completely returned and the fur has grown back on his head and body. Frankie, with his gentle spirit, is an ambassador for abused and medically challenged children. He is great with children and is very gentle with them when they hug on him and play with him. We are hoping that Frankie can be that small light of hope in the life of a child with a medical condition or the child that has been abused and feels that no one can understand.
Frankie has been through so much in his young life. Yet, he has the demeanor to forget all of the hardships and just seeks to be loved , hugged and cared for. Frankie isn't much to look at, but like a good book, it's not what's on the cover that makes the book good, it's the story inside and Frankie's story is a Pulitzer Prize winner.