Blind Dog Needs New Home
Murdock, a 4-year-old Shih Tzu, found a new home after months of care at MHS
May 17, 2016
Today, a blind 4-year-old shih tzu named Murdock is living the good life. Yet, just months ago, he was suffering from neglect with no hope in sight. That changed on March 14 when the Michigan Humane Society Cruelty Investigation Department responded to an urgent call about a dog tied to a pole near Southfield Road and 7 Mile in Detroit.
“When we got there, Murdock was in bad condition,” said Myron Golden, MHS Field Agent. “He was emaciated, matted and was in need of immediate medical attention.”
At MHS, Murdock was brought to the MHS Dresner Foundation Animal Care Campus in Detroit, where he was seen by a veterinarian, who determined that both of his eyes were ruptured, causing him pain and the loss of his sight. The decision was made to remove both of his eyes so that he would no longer be in pain.
Following the surgery, Murdock was placed with an MHS foster caregiver to help with his recovery and give him some additional time and TLC. After several weeks of care, he was ready to find his forever home, and was soon adopted by a loving family, where he even has two canine siblings.
“Murdock will have an excellent quality of life,” said Dr. Amy Koppenhoefer. “Even though he is blind, he has been for a prolonged period of time, so his other senses have developed to help him get around. He does everything that a normal dog can do.”