|In Memory of the ones we could not save....
|"Tommy, The sweetest dog ever!"
Tommy was found 10-29-2009 by an employee of Waste Management Systems when he dumped an
over sized trash can into his truck and found that there was a nearly dead dog inside.
The Cahokia Police were called and responded to the scene to start the investigation. The first set of
photo's are from the pictures he took that day and are part of the evidence in this case.
The trash can was located in the 500 block of Mildred in Cahokia. There is a $500.00 reward for
information leading to an arrest in this case.
It is important to note that if not for the kind heart of this officer, this dog would have simply been
hauled off to St. Clair County Animal Control to be euthanized at the end of the day.
No one would ever know of the horrors faced by this poor creature, no one would care, and the only
thing this poor dog would have known for his whole life would be that people are cruel.
Nothing that Hope Rescues can do from this day forward can match what this officer already has done
for this dog. For his actions put in motion the rescue, the medical treatment, and the second chance
our "Tommy" now has.
Thank you Officer Derek Ruberstell.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your act of kindness.
WARNING Graphic wounds are visible in photo's.
The above pictures are of Tommy in the trash truck, being pulled out of the trash truck, and being put in the cage
after being removed from the trash truck.
The below picture is a graphic photo of the extension cord that had grown into his neck.
Tommy was rushed to the closest animal hospital that works with Hope Rescues which was Horseshoe Lake in
He immediately was examined by the doctor and had the cord removed. We learned that he had several other
wounds, some look like burns, others like he had been whipped with something that tore at his skin. He is nearly
20 lbs under weight and was shaking from the shock.
The smell of his flesh was horrible, and he was given a bath right after his examination.
During the whole ordeal at the vet he wagged his tail, gave kisses, and seemed as though he was just grateful to
have someone help him.
We left him there for the doctor wanted to take him into surgery on Friday to relieve some of the swelling around
his neck and see how much damage was in fact done from the cord.
He was released to our care as of Saturday 10-31-2009 and his records faxed to our local vet for further care and
His face is swollen, and the wound must be kept open and cleaned to allow it to heal. He is on some heavy duty
pain medicines, and antibiotics.
The pictures below are after he arrived at Club Paws,Inc. where he will stay to recover.
Poor Tommy looks so sad, we hope soon he starts to understand that we love him and only want him to heal and
be a happy dog with a loving family.
We will post more updates as things progress.
For now we just want him to get better and gain some weight.
AND we REALLY would like to catch the fool that did this!
Pictures taken 10-31-2009
Pictures taken 10-29-2009
ANIMAL ABUSER CAUGHT!
Tracia Johnson age: 34
Was charged today by the St.
Clair County State’s Attorney’s
Office with the following
Cruel Treatment of Animals
Violation of Animals
Owner’s Duties (2 counts)
All three counts are
bond was set at $10,000.00
It is sad that she could not have been charged with a felony. This is something that you just can't
We are praying that she gets some jail time but we are expecting her to just get a fine and someday
find a free puppy in the paper to start over with.
She DOESN'T need another dog EVER!
She failed miserably at dogs 101, no need to retake the class...
Tommy looking back at us as he
approached the new bed, toy,
and treat we left as a present in
We do not think he has ever
been given a gift.
Tommy enjoys sitting on his bed,
though he hasn't quite figured out
what a toy is yet..
Notice the treat is certainly gone,
no problem figuring that one out.
Tommy has gained 6 lbs here at Hope, and is getting healthier everyday.
He will have another vet recheck next week, we will post his progress.
Scroll down for updates.
Tommy has finally learned what a toy is,
now we can't get him to put them down.
He has gained 17 lbs now, and is all
Tommy thinks that every person and
every dog that comes anywhere near him
is coming to visit him.
He grabs his toy and runs up to the door
of his room shaking it and making puppy
play noises in an attempt to get you to
stop by and play a while.
Tommy is a lovable adorable dog!
We simply do not understand how
anyone could harm him.
Our Tommy has been given a clean bill of health today. He weighs 52 lbs. He is full of life, and ready to go
We posted a few pictures to show off our little happy man dog.
We hope that you enjoy.
|Tommy running in the yard with his ball
|His neck is nearly all healed.
Sunday 12-13-2009 our Tommy got his Christmas present, A new home....
On this day we finished what we started on 10-29-2009, a rescue, a rehabilitation, and the re-homing of
an abused pet.
The above pictures are of our little man, making himself known in his new home. He has two loving
people as his guardians, and two four legged sisters to keep him in line. It is perfect in every way.
We will keep in touch with him, as will we keep you all in touch as well. The pictures may be farther
apart as he grows father apart from us. But after all, that is what this is all about. We hope that he does
forget, forget all the bad stuff that has ever happened to him and if that means he forgets us too, that
will be okay, we just want him happy, healthy, and loved.
Bless your little heart Tommy....
We love you
Tommy the Throwaway Dog by Laura Marlowe
Tommy’s owner didn’t take good care of him.
Tommy, a young dog,
only knew hunger, sadness and loneliness. He
was later found in a
pile of trash, hurt and confused. Thanks to a
miracle and the kindness
of strangers, Tommy received the care he
needed, the love he always
wanted, and the ability to trust in people.
This story, based on actual events, is sure to
capture the hearts of its
readers and serve to educate and inspire
children to be kind to our
Available online at Amazon.com or locally at
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231 North Main Street Edwardsville Illinois
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