Age: 2 years
Breed: Black Labrador Retriever
Sex: Male (not altered)
Location: Spartansburg, PA area
Vet Info: Bo was bought to be a stud at a puppy mill and due to his blindess they no longer want him. Due to this, he is not neutered. According to the owner, they have administered vaccines. He has not had a heartworm test. He is 2 years old and approximately 85 lbs. The good samaritan writes, "I am not a veterinarian, but I did extensive research and read many books when my own dog went blind. It is my opinion that Bo is completely blind. His eyes are completely clouded over. He has not been seen by a vet since owners bought him 2 years ago." He has a hematoma in one ear. Otherwise he seems very healthy.
Owner Info: Bo's owners (at the puppy mill) tried to contact the breeder they got him from to take him back due to him being blind but the breeder does not want him either. They bought him to be a stud for a puppy mill and not as he is rendered useless, he needs a new home. The good samaritan the owner contacted has been trying to find placement for him but has not had any luck yet. According to the good samaritan, Bo lives with about 40 other dogs, in a cage most of the time. She was able to visit the farm to see Bo. She said when asked about adapting to new situations, "Yes, when I met Bo, they invited me to the property to meet him and brought him out to me (I assume his living conditions are too bad for them to want me to see because they did show me about half of their farm and dogs) He is like a bull in a china store! He's a happy Lab, excited, strong, wants to meet everyone and everything. He is definitely 100% blind, but they have not taken him to a vet ever. (I previously owned a dog that went blind from SARDS, so I know how to check for vision) Bo was confident when he walks, pulls very hard on the leash, and was not deterred when he ran into things. I think he will adapt very easily into a new situation and he seems to be in excellent health otherwise, so he should have several more playful years ahead of him."
Bo may not be housebroken or leash trained. He hasn't had training of any kind due to his current situation. The good samaritan writes, "They believe he was indoors at his previous home, so he may be housebroken but they didn't know for sure. He's outside in a small pen. Does not know any commands." He is outgoing, good with men, women, children and female dogs. He has not shown any possessiveness with treats or food or aggression in any way.
The good samaritan is pleading for help for this sweet guy. "Please help me get this sweet dog out of there! He's had no vet treatment for the blindness and lives in a small pen way out behind their barns. He gets almost no interaction because they said he's useless to them now. It's such a sad situation for him. Thank you for your help."