Staff at the BC SPCA Abbotsford Branch are hoping the public will help a dog with an unhappy start in life find a happier future. Napoleon, a Dogue de Bordeaux – one of the most ancient French dog breeds, a breed made famous in the Tom Hanks movie Turner and Hooch – needs major surgery before he hopefully, finds a loving home.
Tied to a tree most of his life without adequate food, water or shelter, Napoleon needs a major dental surgery as well as entropion surgery – an extremely painful condition where the eyelashes grow into the eyes – on both lower lids.
“The SPCA has learned that Napoleon suffered wretched living conditions in all kinds of weather, unable to free himself or find any shelter or eat when his leash wrapped around the tree, often left to stand in several inches of mud,” says Abbotsford branch manager Jodi Dunlop. Napoleon was surrendered to the BC SPCA through a cruelty investigation Nov. 8.
“He’s a really nice dog, just over five years old. What a brave guy,” Dunlop says. “He’s good with people and with other dogs. We’re hoping the public will help him have a much better life than the one he’s experienced so far, and eventually, find a loving home.”
Even though Bakerview Pet Hospital in Abbotsford can perform the surgery for half-price, Napoleon’s surgery will still cost upward of $1,000.