By Josh Saunders
An abandoned dog who was found waiting to die in mounds of trash is recovering as part of rescue efforts to save more than 800 landfill dogs from freezing to death.
Kratos, an eight-year-old Kangal Shepherd, was severely dehydrated, malnourished with protruding ribs and spine, open sores, and hair loss upon his discovery in Corum, Turkey.
Collapsed in a muddy hole that served as a small wind shelter among the piles of trash, bearing a defeated look, this dog is just one of 800 Rescuers Without Borders regularly see.
They believe the problem stems from irresponsible owners not neutering and spaying pets, as well as the animals being discarded after they are no longer needed for work
Kratos who is expected to make a recovery is on medication and his hair has already began to grow back, with the hope of him being adopted.
Each trip they recover the most urgent cases and those who chase after their cars in desperation, as well as feeding as many others as they can.
Crystal Carson, 38, from Goldsmith, Texas, has worked in rescue for 15 years, co-founding RWB two-year-ago who have rescued more than 62 dogs.
Of that figure, 33 live with families in the United States, nine are in boarding in Turkey, one is in a Turkish clinic and the other 19 sadly passed away.
Crystal, who homed five of the dogs herself, said: “The way these dogs live in general is a threat to their lives.
“It is winter which means below zero temperatures, snow and no shelter for protection.
“That along with the combination of his weakened state, would have made it impossible for him to survive .
“It will be a long recovery road due to how severely malnourished and dehydrated he was
“He generally looks happier and you can tell the medical treatment combined with good nutrition is starting to show the handsome boy he is.
“Kratos is just one of over 800 dogs that call the landfill in Corum Turkey home.
“We try very hard each year to pull as many as we can, while still feeding the others left behind.
“We also feed several villages who have hundreds of strays.
“We pull the ones who are urgent the most. This could be for physical reasons or even emotional ones as some dogs will chase after the car begging to get in.
“It is a gut-wrenching job to have to say yes or no and then to know its simply do to lack of money, makes it even harder.”
Rescuers Without Borders are fundraising to cover medical and relocation costs for the abandoned dogs.
They estimate each pet can cost between $800 – $2,000 dependent on their condition.
Due to their current finances they can only rescue the most severe cases and try to keep the others alive with food supplies and treatment on the scene.
Crystal said: “We never ever want to leave any behind, but financially we can only do so much
“The number all depends on the dogs health condition and treatment needed, pet taxis to get them out of the landfill and transported to a Vet, monthly boarding fees, food monthly and monthly vet care maintenance, flight crate and flight ticket.
“So while we would love to pull many at one time, we do not have the funding to do so.”
Kratos will have to make a slow recovery as overfeeding after they have been starving for so long can create more medical problems.
Dependent on his immune system and how he responds to treatment, he could be better within two months.
Crystal says the dogs rescued from this dire state are endlessly thankfully for the compassion showed to them.
She added: “These landfill dogs are so special and I can tell you first hand they are priceless. I have had the pleasure of 5 of them in my home.
“They are very well behaved and adore being loved and show how grateful they are to have a home.
“We have seen cases like his before, even worse, and in time they bounce back and become the beautiful souls we knew they always were.”
Once Kratos makes a recovery, the hope will be to fly him to the United States for rehoming.
However, due to laws regarding this breed it may be trickier than usual.Crystal said: “Kratos is a special case. He is a Kangal breed, which is deemed a National Treasure by Turkey and not allowed to be exported from the Country.
“However, we really want him to get a freedom flight here and we are currently trying to figure out how we can get the government to allow him to leave.”
For more information or to support their efforts visit: www.rescuerswithoutborders.rocks.