Lost Dog Returns Home With “Lumpy” Skin, Then Vets Tell The Owners…

One of the saddest things about our beloved pets is that they can’t tell us when they’re in pain, or where the pain may be. However, the best pet owners who are close to their pets will always be able to read the subtle signs that not everything is okay.

This particular story is about an abandoned dog who became totally and utterly afraid of people and the potential harm any humans could cause it. But after reading her story, you’ll understand why! After this dog’s rescuer noticed this abandoned pooch had “lumpy” skin, she quickly realized something was seriously wrong…

1. Shauna Bauer The Animal Rescuer

Shauna Bauer has worked as an animal rescuer in Florida for more than thirty years. She loves her job and does it well. She knows everything there is to know about getting an animal out of a tricky situation, whether that be a dog in an abusive home or a cat that is stuck somewhere in a tree. But this case was the most extreme and heartbreaking of them all…

NEXT: Our heroine describes her first encounter with this terrified dog…

Shauna Bauer had became known within the local area for her loving nature and passion for animal justice…

2. Shauna’s Reputation

It was because of this reputation that people would often get in touch with her if they felt an animal was in danger. She often received many calls from people about all sorts of difficult and upsetting situations involving animals, but Shauna was touched by the confidence people had in her, and wanted to make she did everything in her power to help every animal in danger. One day, someone got in touch with her about an abandoned dog that would soon become known as Honeybee…

NEXT: Shauna receives a call about a dog in distress…

Someone contacted Shauna after they saw a dog that was very evidently a stray, walking around aimlessly in the local area…

3. A Concerned Person Gets In Touch With Shauna

They had tried to approach the dog in order to help it, but it was clearly terrified of humans. They decided it was time to contact a professional, and that Shauna was the most suitable person to deal with the situation. When Shauna arrived, she knew the dog in question had reason to be fearful…

NEXT: But this traumatized dog wasn’t willing to be touched by anyone…

Shauna made her way over to the neighborhood in question. The dog was still very much in fear of anyone that came near it, and kept her distance…

4. Shauna’s Perseverance

Shauna didn’t know just how exactly she was going to be able to get the dog on a leash, as every time she came near the dog, it retreated! Fortunately, Shauna’s three decades as an animal rescuer had seen her deal with some very challenging situations, and she was prepared to wait until the bitter end before she gave up!

NEXT: How did Shauna hope to win the dog’s favor?

Shauna made sure there was food and water in plain sight for the dog and she was pleased to see that the dog was still healthy enough to eat and drink…

5. The Dog’s Apprehension

“She was absolutely running from me,” Shauna told the show Right This Minute. “Deciding that I’m going to get away from this person and I’m going to swim if I have to.” This case was a particularly noteworthy one for Shauna, which is saying something considering she’s been an animal rescuer for over three decades! That’s a testament to just how serious this situation was. And the story just gets more and more heartbreaking from here on out…

NEXT: Why was this dog so scared of human contact?

Shauna later named the dog Honeybee! But she had seen this kind of behaviour in many dogs over her long career, and knew exactly what had happened…

6. Had The Dog Been Abused By Humans?

She had dealt with dogs who had been so severely abused that they were totally wary of humans. Had Honeybee also been subjected to an abusive owner? It certainly seemed to be the case, as the way she was behaving seemed to indicate that she had experienced some kind of trauma…

NEXT: Does Honeybee finally let Shauna come close?

Eventually, Shauna was able to get closer to the dog without it running for the hills. But upon closer inspection, Shauna realized something was seriously wrong…

7. The Lumps

However, Shauna noticed something strange; the dog was covered in small lumps! She wondered what had caused them. Were they a kind of birth mark, or did they have a far more sinister explanation? Although she was an expert in rescuing animals, there was no way she could tell what exactly the lumps were – she had never seen anything so extraordinary in her entire career!

NEXT: What did Honeybee allow Shauna to do?

Not only was she able to get closer to the dog but soon enough Honeybee let her stroke her. It may have been a touching moment, but it was also a concerning one…

8. Physical Contact

It was a beautiful moment! It had taken a long time, but Honeybee had let her in just a little! Stroking a dog is such a great way for a person to bond with a pooch and to deepen their connection. However, Shauna began to feel many bumps within Honeybee’s fur. It was alarming! Did Honeybee have some kind of disease?

NEXT: It was time to rush Honeybee to an emergency vet…

 As soon as she was able to, Shauna took Honeybee to the nearest vet in order to finally get to the bottom of her lumpy skin…

9. A Daunting Trip To The Vet

However, she was very worried that there was something seriously wrong with the dog, the lumps didn’t look good…

NEXT: What instrument did Shauna use on Honeybee, and what was it able to detect?

Just when Shauna thought she had discovered the most heartbreaking of dog cases, the results came through…

10. The Magnet

The vet moved a magnet across Honeybee’s body and she noticed something very, very eerie! There was something inside of Honeybee that was attracting the magnet, as her skin started to pull. Had she swallowed metal? What else could it have been? How could metal possibly have gotten into the dog’s body? It was extremely peculiar…

NEXT: But this wasn’t an illness, this was caused by a human…

The X-ray results revealed some deeply distressing news…

11. The Nasty Truth

After an X-ray examination on the dog, it became clear that the lumps were not due to illness; the truth was far more disturbing that. The bumps were shotgun pellets! Someone had shot the dog dozens and dozens of times, causing her body to now contain all the pellets that she had been shot with. But how many pellets were inside of her?

NEXT: The extent to Honeybee’s abuse becomes apparent…

The X-rays looked like constellations! Unfortunately, it wasn’t just that her body contained pellets, she had also had quite seriously infected wounds from being shot.

12. How Bad Was The Injury?

The vets commented that this was the worst case they had ever seen.”I don’t think anybody expected it to be that severe,” Shauna told Right This Minute. The more they learnt about the injuries that Honeybee sustained, the more shocked they became. It was all very startling!

NEXT: How much damage had been done to Honeybee’s body?

The damage that the shotgun had caused had spread from her head down to other parts of her body…

13. More Bad News

Anytime you hear of something an infection or disease spreading, you know that it’s bad news. When an infection spreads, it’s a very telling sign that the patient has a fair chance of not making it through. In fact, vets soon found hundreds of pellets all around her body. It was a startling and horrendous find. The sheer number of pellets meant this was no accident! Some cruel individual had taken aim and shot Honeybee as many times as they could!

NEXT: Shauna’s horror turns to disbelief…

It was beyond belief that anyone would want to hurt this adorable young pup…

14. Shauna’s Immense Sadness For The Dog

Shauna was absolutely distraught that anyone could be so cruel to this to a poor defenseless dog who had done absolutely no harm to anyone. “In my opinion, someone intentionally shot her,” the vet told Right This Minute. Although it would be nice to think that it was all an accident, this simply wasn’t the case. Somebody had used Honeybee for some sick target practice!

NEXT: Did they find the criminal responsible for Honeybee’s torture?

Thankfully, the shotgun pellets were starting to come out of Honeybee’s body on their own!

15. Some Hope For Honeybee’s Recovery?

This meant that they didn’t need to be surgically removed. Unfortunately, Honeybee’s torturers were never found. Hopefully, one day, there will some sort of lead, some witnesses that come forward, to bring these disgraceful cowards to justice. No-one should be able to get away with harming any living being…

NEXT: Will Honeybee be able to make a full recovery?

After a slew of bad news, some good news is in order…

16. Good News For Honeybee

Vets have stated their belief that Honeybee will fully recover from the wounds she sustained as a result of the attack, although she may never be able to fully trust humans ever again.

NEXT: Honeybee’s heartbreaking story causes a public outcry…

After the whole ordeal, the television news show, Right This Minute, learned of the distressing story and knew they just had to make the public aware…

17. Honeybee’s Story Is Given National Coverage

The hosts of the show expressed their shock at the fact Honeybee was even able to survive her traumatic ordeal. Honeybee’s story also was also depicted in a YouTube video in March of this year which over 20,000 watched!

NEXT: So what’s the future for Honeybee, and how have people reacted to her story?

The world, just like Shauna, was distraught that such a horrific thing could happen to such a beautiful and loving dog…

18. What Did The World Have To Say About Honeybee?

“It’s so horrible and very sad what people do to animals,” someone said  on Facebook. “God bless you all for saving the dog, I hope she finds a loving home very soon.” A Facebook commenter said “Thank you for helping this poor baby. Praying for a forever loving home for the doggie.”

NEXT: How is Honeybee doing now?

Bauer’s goddaughter shot the video in order to detail Honeybee’s distressing story – but there has been some hope to come out of it…

19. Honeybee Is Learning To Trust Again

In the video, Honeybee can be seen playing with several other dogs, and sitting calmly next to several people. The healing process truly is underway, both physically and mentally.

NEXT: But has Honeybee found a loving family to take care of her?

“I mean, look at her,” Bauer said to Right This Minute. “Would you ever want to do anything to this beautiful dog?”

20. Honeybee’s Journey

With each new day, Honeybee will make progress in terms of overcoming her trauma. She’s still largely mistrustful of humans, but like with all beings that experience abuse, she needs time to heal, and Shauna is hoping that it won’t be too long until she finds her forever home.

NEXT: Check Out This Girl’s Ingenious Idea To Save An Abandoned And Hungry Dog…

After a bad experience, we sometimes avoid certain places and people because we’re scared it’ll happen again. Animals are no exception. When I was a kid, my pet rabbit – who I’d adopted from a shelter – was frightened of people putting their hands into her cage because she’d been abused in the past.

It took a long time to win her trust by being kind to her, and, when I did, she was happy to let me fill up her bowl. When pictures of a starving dog stranded in the woods were posted online, one girl had an ingenious idea that helped win its trust. Time was running out, and something had to be done before it was too late…

How Would You Win An Animal’s Trust?

People had been trying to help the malnourished dog for days. But nothing seemed to be working. Not even food. And we all know how much our doggie friends love a bone or a scrap of chicken, so that shows how bad it was! Amanda, the girl who helped, had one last-ditch idea to coax the dog out of the woods…

NEXT: How this INCREDIBLE rescue story began…

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