Three-legged husky finds hope in Chester County at LaMancha Animal Rescue – Daily Local

EAST FLOWFIELD — For anyone who is compassionate after being abused, it’s a miracle. Yet, as the poets write, love is the most powerful force in the universe.

Dogs know the power of unconditional love, and despite all the difficulties, that love endures.

For Candy, a nine-month-old puppy, her love and gentleness are also a symbol of hope.

The young husky is now in the care of LaMancha Animal Rescue and ready for adoption. He’s a bright blue-eyed Tripod who lost his right hind leg after suffering severe abuse earlier this year and before arriving at the award-winning Pennsylvania Sanctuary and Rescue Center.

The pup was first released in June to the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center in Derwood, Maryland. The center recently contacted LaMancha Animal Rescue with a request that the organization take over its care, if possible. The Chester County non-profit said “yes” thanks to the support of its many volunteers who remain willing to spend some extra time on the farm to help Candy in her recovery.

Arriving at the shelter in Maryland, Candy had suffered multiple fractures. When Candy was returned she was in a cast with a broken tibia and proximal fibula fracture in her left hind leg with her right hind leg already gone.

“She was returned having already had her right rear leg amputated, and it was discovered that her left rear leg was broken and had not been treated for months,” said media liaison Geoff Player. for LaMancha Animal Rescue. “A cruelty investigation has been initiated as it is suspected that these injuries were caused by deliberate abuse and not by being struck by a vehicle which would typically result in such injuries.”

It was unclear at press time whether criminal charges had yet been filed in Maryland as a result of the investigation into Candy’s abuse. South of the Mason-Dixon line, Derwood is located northwest of Washington DC and southwest of Baltimore.

“It’s unbearable to think about how she suffered,” Player said. “The Maryland shelter immediately took care of her broken leg and she was in a cast until the end of July. The shelter then contacted LaMancha, knowing that we were successful in placing special needs dogs into loving homes.

Candy, an adorable nine-month-old puppy, plays outside with Geoff Player, media liaison for LaMancha Animal Rescue, on Tuesday. (JEN SAMUEL – DAILY LOCAL NEWS)

Candy arrived in LaMancha this summer. The nonprofit organization also arranged transportation from Maryland.

The rescue began in 2001 and became an official non-profit organization in 2005. Over the past 20 years, LaMancha has rescued nearly 15,000 animals since its inception.

And there is continuous experience in the maintenance of tripods. Before Candy, the rescue center rescued a tripod pup named Finn three years ago with two bad hind legs. Unlike Candy, Finn’s injuries weren’t due to mistreatment. Finn was successfully adopted and now lives with a loving family in Pennsylvania.

On September 16, a five-year-old Tripod dog named Coral, who is a Rhodesian Ridgeback, was released to LaMancha. Her lost leg wasn’t related to abuse, unlike Candy.

Today, there are 47 dogs and puppies up for adoption at LaMancha. There are also 30 cats available to be placed in their furry homes. Adoption is by appointment only.

The rescue center is located on a 45 acre farm on Doe Run Road in East Fallowfield Township, a few miles from Coatesville. Many animals live on the property as long-term rescues, including horses, goats, cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys and a beautiful emu which, after an ostrich, is the second largest existing bird. today.

Thirteen dogs live on the sanctuary grounds long term. As they drive to the farm, several darlings will greet visitors with cheerful barks and warm kisses. Songbirds flit and fly carelessly, drinking water left for them on a hot September afternoon on the porch of the historic farmhouse that sits at the heart of the property.

Despite these unfathomable difficulties, Candy is cheerful, sweet and loving.

“Once she arrived it was clear she was the sweetest female dog who probably can’t even remember ever having four legs because she’s so young and she runs and plays around without a care in the world. “said Player. “She is fast. Our concerns about behavioral and mobility issues were thankfully unnecessary. She has also met and been kennel buddies with calm dogs who don’t jump on her or play too hard with her.

Candy, an adorable nine-month-old puppy, is ready to be adopted from LaMancha Animal Rescue in East Fallowfield Township.  It's a nine month old Husky tripod.  (JEN SAMUEL - DAILY LOCAL NEWS)
Candy, an adorable nine-month-old puppy, is ready to be adopted from LaMancha Animal Rescue in East Fallowfield Township. It’s a nine month old Husky tripod. (JEN SAMUEL – DAILY LOCAL NEWS)

He says everyone took great care of Candy’s remaining hind leg as she hopes to have a long and happy life and it must last her a long time. There are devices specifically designed for tripods and dogs with other mobility issues to support that leg as it ages.

This year so far, LaMancha has rescued 462 dogs and puppies and 18 cats and kittens.

“We are on track to reach our annual adoptions of approximately 700 dogs and puppies and 25 cats and kittens,” Player said. “At the start of the pandemic, we, like other rescues, saw an unprecedented number of adoptions. In 2020, 1,003 dogs and puppies and 65 cats found their furry homes.

Over 100 volunteers help LaMancha operate.

Volunteering at LaMancha continues to be the most rewarding endeavor he’s ever done in his life, Player said.

“We have a core group of around 100 regulars who come every day in the sun, the rain, the dead of winter and the heat of the summer,” he said. “The only thing that keeps us from showing up each day is heavy ice or snow, but we usually wait until the roads are clear and then show up later anyway to dig dog trails and de-ice the kennel. .”

Player noted, “During the summer, our numbers increase with the help of high school and college students. Boy, do we miss them when they go back to school.

LaMancha’s motto is: “Make a difference, one life at a time”.

“Our inspiration comes from the story of a little boy rescuing a starfish on a beach,” Player said.

Indeed, everyone can make a difference. All one has to do is try.

Although Candy was abused, causing the loss of her leg, she is very loving and sweet.  (JEN SAMUEL - DAILY LOCAL NEWS)
Although Candy was mistreated, causing the loss of her leg, she is very loving and sweet. (JEN SAMUEL – DAILY LOCAL NEWS)

The ideal home for Candy, Player said, would have a fenced-in yard and not too many steps or stairs to ensure she could run and play and exercise to maintain her strength and muscle tone and also to stay toned, which is very important for tripods.

“She likes the water too, she loves it,” Player said. “A kiddie pool or a dog pool that she could splash around in would make her very happy.”

A pool isn’t necessary, but Candy would surely appreciate one.

“Candy is a typical pup, she’s very happy, funny and active,” Player said.

LaMancha puts him on a muscle supplement that works wonders, he added.

He said the most important thing was to find Candy a loving family who understood her limits and needs.

For more information on Candy and her four-legged friends to adopt in LaMancha, visit: https://www.lamanchaanimalrescue.org.

Candy is a tripod husky available for adoption at LaMancha Animal Rescue in East Fallowfield Township.  She lost one of her legs and suffered extensive abuse before being released to a Maryland shelter in June.  (JEN SAMUEL - DAILY LOCAL NEWS)
Candy is a tripod husky available for adoption at LaMancha Animal Rescue in East Fallowfield Township. She lost one of her legs and suffered extensive abuse before being released to a Maryland shelter in June. (JEN SAMUEL – DAILY LOCAL NEWS)
Candy, an adorable nine-month-old puppy, is ready for adoption thanks to the good Samaritans at LaMancha Animal Rescue in East Fallowfield Township.  She lost one of her legs and suffered extensive abuse before being released in June.  (JEN SAMUEL - DAILY LOCAL NEWS)
Candy, an adorable nine-month-old puppy, is ready for adoption thanks to the good Samaritans at LaMancha Animal Rescue in East Fallowfield Township. She lost one of her legs and suffered extensive abuse before being released in June. (JEN SAMUEL – DAILY LOCAL NEWS)