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Rescued Madera Dog That Lived A Crummy Life Dies

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An abused poodle in Madera rescued six days ago died Tuesday from months of abuse and neglect.  The dog named Clover touched a lot of people's hearts.

Clover lived a crummy life.  The Poodle mix was found last week tied to a post with an embedded rope as a collar.  After a story aired on The KMPH 10 O'clock News about his rescue, it seemed everyone wanted to adopt clover. He also received sympathy cards and a homemade blanket.

After months of neglect and abuse Clover was starting to see what it was like to be loved.  He spent the past five days in a foster home recovering from his injuries.

But Kirsten Gross of Madera County Animal Services says the rope that cut deep into his neck for months was a magnet for Tetanus causing lock jaw. "He started having neurological signs.   He started failing.  They put a feeding tube in him because he couldn't open his mouth to eat."

Tuesday night his conditioned worsened.  The Vet decided to put him down because there was no chance of recovery.  "Perhaps if Clover had been reported a month or two months ago he would have been saved.   But he didn't make it."

Clover is just one of thousands of dogs and cats abused, neglected or forgotten.  After our story aired last week the Madera County Animal Shelter received cards and gifts all addressed to Clover.

Paula sent a package.   The message reads... "Please give this blanket I made to the precious Poodle dog.   She adds... "Prayers are woven into the blanket for precious Clover."

Nina sent a card and also listed her dog and two cats. It reads.. "I am deeply sorry for the abuse that you have suffered.   I hope this gift helps with your recovery."

In recent weeks pet lovers have spoken up for abused animals.  Last week we also spotlighted several horses in Fresno County that were starving.  It only takes one call to make a difference.  "They can certainly call their local shelter.   It's anonymous.   We don't give that name out but the sooner they call the quicker we can help these dogs," said Kirsten Gross.

So far Clover's owner has not been charged.  But Kirsten Gross, the director of Madera County Animal Services believes the District Attorney will be very aggressive in addressing the case.

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