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Calhoun the dog

Samantha Crider found her dog, Calhoun, in a pile of trash a few days after Christmas. The dog had puncture wounds all over her body and an infection in her eye.

In an act of good faith, a Midlands woman showed just how far she’d go to save the life of an animal found on the brink of death.

Samantha Crider, a Realtor, found her dog, Calhoun, in a pile of trash while showing a house to a potential buyer near the border of Calhoun and Orangeburg counties.

“I just happened to notice out of the corner of my eye that something was moving in this big pile of trash,” Crider said. “So I got out of the car and went over to her and I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, this dog! I don’t know if it is going to make it.' "

She said she found Calhoun a few days after Christmas on a cold December day with puncture wounds all over her body and an infection in her eye.

“First, I was sad and then I was really angry. I just said I was sent here for a reason, for a purpose, and I’m going to do whatever it takes to save her,” Crider said.

She decided to take the dog home with her and keep her.

According to Crider, the veterinarian told her that Calhoun’s injuries appear to be similar to the injuries they’ve seen of bait dogs, which are used in dog fighting.

“I don’t know her story and I have no idea what she’s been through or where she’s been, who she’s lived with or anything like that, but it’s very disheartening to see a dog that is so sweet and so loveable,” Crider said. “All she wants is to love you and to know that because of something that could have been prevented, she’s going to have to have her leg amputated.”

Crider said x-rays showed Calhoun had also been shot and the vet told her he will likely have to amputate Calhoun’s entire leg because arthritis will eventually set in.

Thankful for the help of the community, Crider said she has received donations nationwide to help with Calhoun’s medical bills along with toys and treats.

“From this dog that’s in this little small town that nobody even knows where it is, people have come together,” Crider said. “We’ve raised almost $2,000 in less than 48 hours.”

According to Crider, vets said Calhoun is expected to live a healthy life, but there are many Calhouns out there as dog fighting is prevalent all over South Carolina and across the country.

If you see an animal like Calhoun, call animal control. If animal control is closed, try reaching out to local law enforcement, as well as emergency vet hospitals as they will generally accept severely injured animals.

Most animal control and law enforcement will take an anonymous complaint about suspected dog fighting. You could also report suspected animal fighting to the Humane Society of the United States at 1-877-TIP-HSUS.

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