You may have read about the case of #Brucetheminpin on our social media channels. Unfortunately, Bruce lost his fight this week, despite incredible efforts made by our medical teams. His diabetes resisted our best efforts to bring it under control. This little guy’s body just wasn’t strong enough to endure his recuperative journey. Our medical team worked so hard to help him conquer the obstacles to his recovery, but his fragile body just wasn’t strong enough to win that fight.
Our hearts ache for Bruce and for those who cared for him during his time with us. We’re grateful to our humane law enforcement team for rescuing him from a horrible abuse situation. And for our medical teams who had been providing Bruce with skilled veterinary care for the 20 days he was with us. And we’re grateful to all of you – for believing that every animal deserves a second chance, even when that chance is a longshot. Bruce was able to spend his last holidays surrounded by compassionate people who cared for him. And surrounded by a community that never stopped rooting for him.
Personally, I’m grateful for our community that never wants us to stop trying. Although Bruce lost his fight, he is truly the reason we exist. We are continuing an active investigation into this case and consulting with the DA’s office on the probability of filing serious criminal charges for the abuse Bruce endured.
I’m also grateful for our humane officers on the streets today saving other animals from abuse and neglect, our animal care staff and volunteers ensuring our animals get all the attention they need, and our medical teams for their skilled veterinary assistance – our work goes on. All thanks to each and every one of you who never give up on the animals we care for – even against all odds.
Gary Weitzman, DVM, MPH, CAWA
President and CEO
San Diego Humane Society