In mid-February, tire repair workers Ozimar Queiroz and Lindomar Queiroz were surprised when they arrived early to work at the tire repair shop located on Estrada do Belmont, North Zone of Porto Velho. That’s because there was an abandoned dog on the side of the road. The docile animal was thin, had open paws, and couldn’t walk.
Sensitized by the dog’s situation, Ozimar, known as Galego, decided to take care of the dog until he found someone to adopt him, but 20 days have passed and the dog still doesn’t have a permanent home.
“They threw him in front of the shop. We arrived in the morning and he was there. We felt sorry for him, we put him here and we are feeding him, but the poor thing is in this situation there. He doesn’t walk at all, because his two front legs are facing back”, he says.
Because of its position on the board, the dog was affectionately named Seal, as it cannot move because it has both paws open.
The tire repairmen move him around a few times throughout the day, but the dog eventually ends up dragging himself in the mud to interact with the only animal company available, a stray cat that walks around the tire shop.
Lindomar Queiroz told G1 that the dog is docile and in need of veterinary care, but he cannot afford it.
“We call him a seal, because of the way he looks. When we caught him, he was very thin, but he’s already getting fat, because we’re feeding him. Because of the rain, he’s all dirty, but we can’t care here”, declares Lindomar.
The abandonment of the dog gained repercussion on social networks and Foca has already been adopted by a couple from Porto Velho.
The tire repair workers who found the pit bull on the road took care of him for almost three weeks, giving him food and water. They initially christened him “Foca” until Michele took him in and changed his name permanently.
“ It was love at first sight . His condition touched me a lot. Already helpless, even more so, so docile and loving. I fell in love with him,” said the economics student. “I love him. I have no other word. I love him, very much. Mother’s feeling.”