Help Give Frankie (formerly known as "Fatboy") a New LIfe

For: Frankie, Australian Shepherd mix
Organizer: Dawn Wetherbee Vargas
Help Give Frankie (formerly known as "Fatboy") a New LIfe (Frankie, Australian Shepherd mix)
$1,126
of $750 goal.
Raised by 45 donors
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The Story

This adorable 3 month old Aussie mix was only doing what puppies do, grabbing a snack left unattened by his owner. What happened next is repulsive! Once his "owner" discovered what Frankie had done, he picked Frankie up by the neck and threw him off the porch, breaking his front paw.  


His former owner was charged with torturing or maiming of an animal and is getting deported as it was discovered during this incident that he is in the country illegally.  Fortunately, Frankie's current cargiver has agreed to relinquish the puppy as she cannot afford to treat his injury.  Unfortuantely, Frankie's injury has been left untreated for over two weeks with only pain meds as his "treatment."  He needs to be seen by a vet as soon as possible so his injury can be addressed and he can go on to live the life every dog deserves to live.....one filled love, care, and happiness.  One thing is for sure, Frankie will never know abuse like this again!  

If you feel moved to do so, please help with Frankie's vet expenses by making a donation via this fundraising link.  If you prefer to make a donation directly to the vet's office instead, you can call them during M-F during normal business hours at(989) 799-6859 and reference the Frankie/Paetz account.  

Below is the news link to Frankie's story. 

http://www.themorningsun.com/article/20130722/NEWS01/130729917/ithaca-man-throws-puppy-off-porch-for-eating-his-hamburger#full_story

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on September 11, 2013

Posted on September 11, 2013

We will be visiting Frankie/Dakota this weekend.  We'll take lots of pictures and update you all on his health!  I'm so excited to see how big he's gotten!!

Posted on August 29, 2013

Posted on August 29, 2013

Here's another update about Frankie/Dakota's abuser from Linda Gittleman at The Morning Sun.  She is the reporter who first reported on the story.  Thank you Linda.

http://www.themorningsun.com/article/20130828/NEWS01/130829720/fatboy-s-abuser-waives-his-prelim-?source=jBar#full_story

Posted on August 27, 2013

Posted on August 27, 2013

Here is an introductin from Frankie's (Now Dakota) new family, mom Tina and dad Javier.

"Frankie was introduced to our family by Animal Advocate, Mary Paetz.  Our Australian Shepherd/Border Collie has been an only dog since a week before Easter when we had to make the tough decision to put our Buster to sleep.  Three dogs in as many years has been tough.  We  were not sure if we were ready to take another dog in.  We visited the animal shelter, however none of the dogs felt like a right fit for us at the time.  When we received Frankie's picture and heard of his story, we knew he was the one we wanted.  I was introduced to Dawn and Frankie...it was love at first sight!  Dillon took to Frankie right away; so did the rest of us.  Frankie came to visit our home on a few occasions to spend time with Dillon.  It was so good to see the life come back into Dillon!  We have renamed Frankie; he is now  Dakota.  We have spent time cuddling and coddling him during his mending period. Following his visit to MSU, he was fitted with a cast.  Dakota started with a cone, however was able to have it removed as he stopped chewing on the cast due to the colorful socks put over the cast.  He has to go in for weekly check ups.  Today marked one week from his appointment at MSU. He has developed an infection on his leg so the cast had to be removed, and the cone is back on so he won't chew his leg.   
Dakota is such a well-behaved and well-mannered puppy...until it comes to sharing toys and treats.  He tries to tell his big brother, Dillon, that the treats and toys are all his, however Dillon has had to step in and remind him who was here first!  He definitely has spirit!  Dakota has enjoyed baseball and football games, as well as chasing bees in the yard!  He has taken a liking to his Mom's bed - he likes how he is getting spoiled during his healing process.  Kennel?  What kennel?  :).
Dakota has fit in to our family so well.  We could not imagine him not being with us.  We cannot wait until we can go on daily walks with his big brother, Dillon, as well as play, play, play in the yard chasing squirrels and bunnies."

Thank you Tina, Javier, and boys for caring for Dakota/Frankie.  We will continue to cover the cost of Frankie's injury repair until he is healed.  From there, any funds remaining (and we're expecting funds to be remaining) will be used to enrich the life of another rescued, homeless, or abused pet.

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