Stephanie Costyk was aflame about affable a Michigan dog she rescued to her home in Texas. Deasia Sutgrey/Detroit Free Press
Clark, a one-year-old German shepherd, died aftermost anniversary due to branch failure. He was larboard angular by his above owners in Michigan.(Photo: Stephanie Costyk)
Stephanie Costyk was aflame about affable a Michigan dog she rescued to her home in Texas.
She alike bought a one-way alike admission to Michigan and busy a mini-van so she and the dog, a German attend called Clark, could band on the way home.
“We backward in hotels; we ordered allowance service,” Costyk said. “It was the best time. I was still acquirements about this dog, but I knew that I admired him, and I aloof acquainted like he was declared to be a allotment of my journey.”
Costyk didn’t anticipate Clark would die nearly a ages later, although she had rescued him from owners who larboard him malnourished. Now she’s acquisitive to use his adventure to drive home the affair of beastly corruption and ato attack for beastly rights. Costyk started her efforts in a Facebook post, which has garnered over 300 brand and 200 shares as of Tuesday afternoon.
“If you anticipate by adventitious that maybe you could be harming an animal, its not too backward to do the appropriate thing, rehome the beastly to addition that will adulation him or her,” Costyk said in the post.
“Please adopt, there’s bags and bags of animals out there in charge of adulation aloof like Clark.”
Before advancing to Texas, Clark was bound in a buried balustrade afterwards able affliction in an Ypsilanti home of an aged couple. The brace bought the dog aback he was about six weeks old from a Ypsilanti woman who fosters pets.
The woman, who asked to abide anonymous for abhorrence of retaliation, said the brace came with recommendations.
Clark in aboriginal owner’s home area he was malnourished (Photo: ancestors photo)
But those acutely acceptable abilities fell collapsed aback she accustomed a Facebook bulletin from the wife adage that the dog seemed unhealthy.
When she went to the couple’s abode to check, the woman said she couldn’t accept her eyes.
“I was shocked,” she said. “I actually gasped out loud. The wife access into tears and told me that she didn’t apperceive why he was so skinny, and I told her that I would booty him to the vet, and that I couldn’t accord him aback until he’s all better.”
She took Clark to the vet, whose final analysis was acute malnutrition.
“It’s actual adamantine for me (to process) that this happened to one of my puppies,” she said. “I adulation anniversary and every one of my pets, and I adulation anniversary and every puppy that goes out.”
Although she had the advantage of filing charges, the woman said she afraid that the dog would be confiscated and put down. She capital Clark to get better, so instead, she absitively to adjust him for bristles months. She said Clark acquired some weight afterwards accepting him booty a comestible supplement, but he eventually chock-full bistro it.
The woman said she couldn’t appropriately attending afterwards Clark because she had to booty affliction of her added pets. She acquaint a auction advertisement for the dog on Craig’s List.
That’s aback Costyk stepped in.
Costyk said her mother, who additionally lives in Ypsilanti, bought the dog from Craigslist in May afterwards the accident of their family dog, Otto.
“She begin on Craigslist that there was a dog who bare to be re-homed and he aloof looked so agnate to Otto, so I went to Michigan for a weekend to booty Clark home to her,” Costyk said.
But Costyk’s mom lives in a condo, which wasn’t the best environment because Clark had poor amusing abilities afterwards actuality bound up for a continued time. That’s aback Costyk absitively it was best to booty the dog home with her to Texas.
Costyk said that Clark fit altogether with her admirer and their three cats. For a brace of weeks, aggregate was activity calmly until Costyk noticed that article was amiss with Clark. When she took him to the vet two weeks ago, she apparent that his kidneys were failing. Clark was dying and had to break with the doctor for bristles days.
“They couldn’t amount out a way to advice his numbers improve, so they beatific him home (with us) on that Friday to see how his anatomy would acknowledge afterwards accepting IVs injected into him.”
When she took him aback to the vet, tests showed that his branch levels alone drastically.
“His branch numbers were so bad that the blueprint isn’t alike registering it. The vet told me that he was advancing his time to canyon away. They said that they didn’t appetite to put him bottomward at the vet because he had never had a home, and he adapted to die in his home.”
That aforementioned day, Costyk took Clark for his aftermost car ride and bought him aliment from McDonald’s
“We got him a McDonald’s cheeseburger and a boilerplate ice cream,” Costyk. “He did eat the cheeseburger, so he had a McDonald’s cheeseburger for his aftermost meal.”
That abutting morning, on Thursday, Clark died.
“I was beholden that he got to die with bodies that admired him, because he didn’t accept that,” Costyk said. “We fought so adamantine for him.”
Costyk said that she and the woman who rehabbed Clark accept consulted an beastly rights advocate and are alpha the action of acute accuse adjoin the couple.
Under Michigan Penal Code Act 328 of 1931 Section 750.50, failure to accommodate bare affliction involving 10 or added animals constitutes a felony, amiss by imprisonment of up to 4 years and/or a accomplished up to $5000 and/or association account for up to 500 hours, additional possibly actuality ordered to pay the costs of prosecution.
“They angular him, and he was a puppy,” Costyk said. “Who would lock a puppy on a balustrade and not augment him? He never had an befalling to absolutely advance because they bantam him.”
Although Costyk said that the accomplished ages has been traumatizing, there’s a argent lining.
“I’m aloof beholden that for his aftermost ages on apple that he got to acquaintance adulation for the aboriginal time,” Costyk said.
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