Rescue Stories

Lil' Lucy

The story of Lil’ Lucy the “Frenchie” (French Bulldog) begins in a South Florida puppymill, where they practiced the “anything goes” type of breeding (interbreeding relatives, and any other random combination of dogs, just to make a profit).

The story of Lil’ Lucy the “Frenchie” (French Bulldog) begins in a South Florida puppymill, where they practiced the “anything goes” type of breeding (interbreeding relatives, and any other random combination of dogs, just to make a profit). This creates congenital problems; the most common being Luxating Patella, skin problems, heart and renal problems, as well as various diseases. All Puppymills and breeding facilities are different, but usually hold the same philosophy: Feed and vet the dogs as little as possible to cut expenses, and give them just enough to continue breeding. Often, several dogs are crammed into a small area or crate, and forced to fight for what little bits of food and water are given. It is common for the dogs to survive off of their own waste, which results in rotting gums, decaying teeth, and numerous infections. These dogs are usually euthanized when they can’t produce puppies, or die of inhumane causes.

Lil’ Lucy was saved by Marvin Mathias, founder of Lulu’s Friends Rescue www.lulusfriends.com in Wilton Manors, Florida. Initially, she was diagnosed with an eye bacteria that was eating away at her left cornea. Now, since treatment, she can see around the affected area that has been left scarred. She also had two unsuccessful surgeries for a cleft pallet (congenital opening of the roof of the mouth), so she can only drink from a water bottle, allowing her to take in a controlled drop of water at a time. She can’t eat wet food due to the possibility of it clogging the cleft, which could suffocate her. She does help herself to dry food — and she LOVES chicken!

The average French Bulldog weighs 23-28 pounds. With the current trend of small dogs as fashion accessories, breeders are breeding down to get smaller dogs. Lil’ Lucy is 15 pounds. Breeding down could mean breeding mother and runt son, to produce a smaller and more profitable puppy. That puppy could have congenital and behavioral problems, at the puppy’s expense.

A few months after her rescue, Lucy jerked her body suddenly, resulting in an injured spine, leaving her paralyzed in her back legs. Her caretaker, Marvin, raised funds to get her spinal surgery, and she was able to walk again. The celebration was short when she injured her spine again, and sadly, the second surgery has not been as successful. She is currently paralyzed in her lower spine, leaving her back legs limp without any control of her bowels, and requiring her bladder to be expressed by a human.

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