The first we heard of Mercy was in a news item sent on to us by our good friend Mary-Alice, Cornwall's Voice For Animals. Well, to say we were affected by this horrific story is an understatement, I cried on and off all day over the picture of Mercy looking up at the camera with such trusting eyes, obviously she must have been in tremendous pain, yet she was a gentle and beautiful dog even in her battered state and the good people of Operation Kindness took Mercy to their hearts and did everything they possibly could to save her.
Soon Mercy was known all over the world and her veterinary costs were met by members of the public touched by the plight of this poor sweet pup. No animal should ever have to suffer as Mercy suffered. Mercy is now at rest and this song is dedicated to her memory.
Here are some news items about Mercy and the website link to Operation Kindness. Please also sign the petition whilst you are here, thank you.
Mercy, the 10-month-old puppy who was doused with gasoline and set on fire,
has died. Her little heart just gave out.
She was a gentle soul who showed remarkable strength and courage - she
inspired us all! Mercy died Sunday evening about 9:30 p.m. at the veterinary
clinic where she was being treated. Doctors said Mercy showed some
improvement Saturday, but her condition started to deteriorate Sunday
afternoon. She was given a plasma transfusion, but shortly afterward her
heart--weakened by burns over 60% over her body--stopped beating.
The young pit-bull mix was rescued Friday, April 14, by a Dallas man who saw
her in the wooded area behind apartments in Far North Dallas. He took the
dog to Operation Kindness, where she was given immediate veterinary care.
Mercy was transferred to the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center last Monday.
She had surgery the following day to remove most of her burned ears and
begin the painful debridement treatment. Doctors cautioned that, because of
the severity and extent of her injuries--which also included stab wounds and
cuts--her prognosis was guarded.
"All of us at Operation Kindness, as well as thousands of people who have
been moved by her plight, are grieving for Mercy," said Jonnie England,
executive director at Operation Kindness. "We were so hopeful that this
beautiful, gentle dog, who had suffered and endured unbearable pain, would
pull through in the end. It's more important than ever that the person who
brutalized her be caught and brought to justice--for Mercy's sake." She will
be privately cremated and her askes will be spread in Operation Kindness'
Memorial Garden so she will rest in peace forever.
Thanks to the outpouring of support for Mercy, her veterinary bills have
been covered by caring people who were touched by her plight. Donations made
For Mercy's Sake will be used to help Operation Kindness care for other
unwanted, abused and neglected animals like Mercy.
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