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  • Save #5: Meet Cooper and Daisy, who survived starvation to find health and love

    Dec 27, 2016 | Read More News
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    daisy and cooperWhen Daisy and Cooper came to Pima Animal Care Center in late 2015, its doctors rated the dogs' body condition scores at 1 out of 9. That’s basically the skinniest a dog can be and still be alive. PACC's staff and volunteers’ hearts were broken for the 8-year-old Shepherd mixes.

    Daisy weighed just 17.6 pounds, while Cooper was faring slightly better at 24.6. PACC's medical team put both of them on a careful refeeding diet, and it took four full months of intense medical help and observation for the pair to be healthy enough for adoption.

    Meanwhile, PACC's enforcement division worked to hold their former family accountable for the cruelty they had suffered, and PACC's volunteers fell in love with the pair. When they finally left the shelter on March 26, Daisy weighed 32 pounds, and Cooper weighed close to 40.

    dandcThey’ve plumped up even more since they moved in with Margaret Velasquez and her family. She said they are very good dogs who are happy to protect their home, their people, and the ferrets with whom they coexist.

    Earlier this month, the pair eagerly posed for pictures in front of their family’s Christmas tree in exchange for bologna incentives. Daisy even appeared to be grinning, which Velasquez says she does often since finding her home.

    “I think they are both very happy, because even why I come from school, it's like she's got this face, and he’s always there,” Velasquez said. “It's like she's smiling.”

    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 sending a check 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.