"The people who are trying to make this world worse are not taking a day off. How can I?" said the kind man who rescued her.
Warning: This story contains details of animal neglect that some readers may find distressing.
Anyone who has ever had a dog knows how unconditional their love is. However, not all of them get back the love they deserve from humans. When this sweet dog fell terribly ill, instead of giving her extra care, the owners decided to dump her in a trash can.
Luckily, the right person walked at the right time, ready to change the abandoned dog's life. Palhinha, the man who passed by the spot, found the abandoned dog in the dumpster. As he peeped inside, he found the furry creature helplessly staring at him.
Without a doubt in his mind, Palhinha knew he had to do something and so, decided to rescue her and change her life. "The people who are trying to make this world worse are not taking a day off. How can I?," Palhinha wrote on Facebook about finding the dog, as quoted by Mirror.
The abandoned dog was taken in, given a full check-up, and groomed. It was during this stage that the vets discovered the heartbreaking truth that her owners left her to die in the trash can when she was terribly sick. A large tumor along with ulcers was found in her stomach; yet, she was abandoned in the destitute state.
The rescued dog was given the medication she needed, and the vets decided to observe her for a while before making the choice of whether they would operate on her to have the tumor removed. But most of all, the dog received the love and attention that she needed after being thrown away.
With a new life, the dog was given a new name as well. Palhinha and the others who helped her named her Florzinha, which means little flower.
"It’s about this case of a little dog thrown in a dumpster, and about so many other cases that occur every day," Palhinha wrote on Facebook. The kind man urged people not to dwell on the painful experiences that animals are put through but celebrate their journeys once they heal after being rescued.
"I ask all animal protectors not to be discouraged, to celebrate each victory, each adoption, each recovery. Love is stronger than hate and I have faith that soon we will have more effective laws," he went on to write. "We will not give up. The veterinarians at the Municipal Kennel will provide her with all the necessary care and I am sure she will soon be in a home that really loves her."
Instead of being angry at the people who abandoned her, Palhinha urged people to direct their energy and positivity towards Florzinha because their cruelty does not "deserve any attention."
People who saw Florzinha's story offered to donate to her recovery. "Thanks to everyone who helped with the medicinal products. After treatment, if everything goes as we waited, (goodbye tumor). Keep praying and emanating good energies for her," Palhinha wrote about her and continued to post updates on social media about Florzinha's recovery.
A few days after he posted the video of Florzinha thrown in a dumpster, his followers on social media were able to see a video of the happy dog wagging her tail and looking much better than when she was found.
"Look at our Florzy every day more well every day stronger every day happier," Palhinha wrote. "Thank you to everyone who in one way or other helped us. Thank you to the Municipal Kennel, veterinarians, and each official. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. And we continue praying and sending good energies to our princess."