An American bulldog named Frances had odds stacked against her after her owner passed – she was forgotten and left behind. Thankfully, weeks later, a miracle would happen.
A renovation team was doing work on a house in the Little Haiti neighborhood of Miami, Florida when they accidentally tripped a security alarm. The alarm let out a loud blaring noise which caused Frances to perk up and stand on the landing of the house next door. This is when a worker named Claire Morera saw her.
Horrified by the dog’s condition, Claire took photos of Frances and posted them on Facebook. Soon, Jan Stenger from 100+ Abandoned dogs of Everglades Florida got involved.
“We were actually on a different rescue that morning, but I looked up Frances’ location on my phone and we were 9 miles away from her,” Jan told The Dodo. “[Other volunteers] stayed behind to try and catch that other dog, and then we took off to go get Frances.”
“I always said that one of our crew members, Carol, and I are strongest-minded,” Jan said. “We don’t break easily, but we were both a mess on that rescue. That truly was the worst thing I had ever seen in my life. I get choked up just thinking about it.”
Jan and Carol spoke with neighbors and were saddened to find out that Frances’ owner had passed away, leaving her outside alone and exposed to the elements.
“People knew she was left there, and she obviously wasn’t being fed appropriately, if at all,” Jan said.
Judging by how skinny Frances was, the rescuers assumed that the poor girl had been left outside for at least a couple of weeks. The chain was too difficult for them to remove, so they had to carry her off of the landing with it still attached.
They took the sick dog to the animal hospital and found that her eyes were her biggest concern. They were so badly infected that they would need to be removed.
“She had thousands of ticks on her,” Jan said. “She stayed in the bathtub for five hours the first night and three hours the next morning getting ticks taken off of her body.”
After allowing Frances to stay with her after her surgeries and medical care, Jan couldn’t help but fall in love with her.
Now, despite having lost her sight, she can’t stop smiling. Frances knows that she’s in a safe, loving home and seems to be the happiest dog ever. She loves sleeping, eating, and, of course – cuddling with her new mom.
Like many adoptions and rescues, Jan says she can’t imagine her life without Frances – we’re certain that the feeling is reciprocated.
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