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  • #10: Meet Maya, who was transformed by love

    Dec 22, 2016 | Read More News
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    mayaWhen Maya's first family brought her to Pima Animal Care Center last May, this 14-year-old Shih Tzu mix was starving, matted and infested with maggots. She was too dirty, they said, to be inside with their child, and they asked PACC to put her to sleep. 
    Because of the support PACC receives from the community, PACC did not put Maya to sleep; instead, its medical team quickly worked to save her life. PACC's doctors and technicians gently shaved her, began treating her painfully infected eyes, and sent her to a foster home for around-the-clock TLC. 
    While PACC's medical team helped Maya recover, its enforcement team held her former family accountable for their cruelty toward her. 
    Eventually, Maya was healthy enough for surgery to remove her irreparably infected eye. She found the best possible forever home with Shylo Sanchez, a proud parent of another one-eyed Shih Tzu. 
    "Since we already had one dog with one eye I didn't think it would be an issue taking on another," Sanchez said. "Besides, they now make a complete set of eyes."

    Pima Animal Care Center’s annual Top 10 Saves series highlights ten remarkable pets who were saved at Pima County's shelter because of the community’s support. To help continue this progress, donations to PACC’s nonprofit partner, the Friends of Pima Animal Care Center, are being doubled, up to $20,000 through Dec. 31. Donations can be made here online, or by mail to "Friends of Pima Animal Care Center," P.O. Box 85370, Tucson, AZ, 85745. If you have questions, call (520) 288-1151 or write karen@friendsofpacc.org.