Suzi the dog was found motionless on a sidewalk outside a known drug store. She was barely conscious. Onlookers reported to animal control officers that they suspected neighborhood kids had injected the poor thing with drugs. A drug test confirmed it.

Cocaine and THC were found in the dog’s system.

Suzi when she was first admitted to the animal hospital |
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Suzi was rushed to Faithful Friends Animal Society. The vets wasted no time in hooking her up to IV fluids to flush the drugs out of her system. They came to the conclusion that she was most likely a year old.

“When she first arrived, she was unable to walk, stand, eat or drink,” Kevin Rentz, marketing manager for Faithful Friends Animal Society said. “Our vets had never seen a mistreatment dealing with narcotics like this. It was heartbreaking.”

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While she was comfortable inside her crate, Suzi was given a steady stream of fluids to help flush the drugs out for the next two days.

“She could barely hold her head up and was barely responsive,” Rentz said. “You could tell she did not know what was going on.”

A vet tech checking on Suzi’s IV |
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Over two days of around-the-clock care later, the dog started recovering really well. She soon showed the vet team her amazing personality.

“She stole the hearts of all the vets and techs here,” Rentz said. “Once the drugs had started leaving her system, you could see her personality perk up.”

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A few days more and she was running outside and playing with toys. She was so happy about the toys that she made the staff suspect she had never had them before.

“She wouldn’t let her ball out of her sight,” Rentz said.

Suzi getting a treat |
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Because of the shocking rescue, Suzi became the star of many news shows across Delaware. Thanks to the exposure, she managed to meet a very special family. Aida Alicea heard about Suzi on the news and went to the shelter with her family to meet the pup.

“We were devastated to hear that someone, especially kids, would do something so cruel,” Rosa Alicea, Aida’s daughter said. “When we saw her for the first time, she was laying in the shelter cage and she just looked up at us. She was so calm, never barked, not fazed by all the barking around her.”

Suzi with Rosa Alicea’s son, Jonathan |
Rosa Alicea

Suzi was eager to put the abusive days behind her. When she was introduced to the family, she happily played with them. She snuggled up on a bench next to Rosa’s son, Jonathan, and just couldn’t help the smile on her face.

The family fell in love with her sweet nature. They also noticed how fate seemed to play a role in them meeting Suzi.

Suzi with her new family |
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“Our family dog growing up was also named Suzi, and she was the same color,” Rosa said. “I knew she was meant to be.”

Suzi was adopted on Saint Patrick’s Day. She is now completely healthy and the only sign left of her terrifying ordeal is a tiny shaved spot on her front leg from the IV.

Suzi with Rosa’s parents, Aida and Luis |
Rosa Alicea

“She is adjusting really well,” Rosa said, “She is so well-mannered and gentle.”

Suzi snuggled up on a chair with her ball at home |
Rosa Alicea

She loves playing with balls and hanging out with her new dad. She spends most of her time running around in the backyard and rolling in the grass. Suzi has finally got the life that she deserved all along.

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