Greenville, SC – In November 2011, Carmen Klapper discovered a Rottweiler/shepherd mix lying in the grass off of the interstate.

Klapper’s first thought was that the dog had been hit by a car. After approaching the dog and re-evaluating the situation, her thoughts changed.

The dog, whom Klapper has named Lilly, was terrified. So terrified that she screamed whenever anyone tried to touch her – her entire body quaked in fear.

She was writhing on the ground as is she were dying – completely and utterly terrified that those who were trying to help might hurt her instead.

Those who assisted the frightened dog believe that she may have been abused in the past – perhaps held or tied down in some fashion while someone beat her.

Or perhaps she was so incredibly distraught over being dumped by her family that she could not function.

Lilly isn’t able to accurately share her story – those who were trying to help can only surmise what may have traumatized the dog so greatly.

Lilly as she was found just one week ago
Lilly as she was found just one week ago
Photo credit:
Carmen Klapper/Facebook

Though Lilly wanted help, the prospect of hands on her body left her a quaking mess.

Animal control was eventually contacted and a group effort ensured that Lilly would not be left alone on that grassy spot off of the busy roadway.

After being held at the shelter for a few days, Lilly was released to Klapper – who quickly got the abandoned dog to a veterinarian for care.

Other than a slew of maladies likely resulting from a less-than-stellar owner (parasites, cherry eye, un-altered, thin and heartworm positive) she is okay.

A few days have passed now – Lilly is realizing that nobody wants to cause her pain and she is revealing her sweet (albeit shy) self.

Klapper is no stranger to rescue – in fact, she single-handedly takes it upon herself to rescue unwanted dogs who have been discarded in and around Greenville – dogs just like Lilly.

But she desperately needs a foster home for this sweet girl.

Klapper recently had surgery on her foot and is unable to get around – as a result, Lilly is being boarded at a vet clinic.

Boarding is expensive and for a shy dog like Lilly, it is a less-than-ideal setting.

Will you take a moment to share Lilly’s story? She just needs a soft, safe bed to rest on until a home can be found.

One family or individual who can take her in and reinforce what Carmen Klapper has already shown her – that people can be good.