Marina Tarashevska goes to work every morning at about 6:30 a.m., but it’s not a job she’s getting paid for — nor is it a job anyone wants. She is unofficially a dog rescuer, but she’s also the best chance some abandoned and abused animals in the Dallas, Texas area have for surviving for the rest of the day, let alone for the rest of their lives.
The Dallas Morning News recently tagged along with the 28-year-old Ukrainian-born woman on rescue mission as part of a larger article on the city’s stray dog problem. Tarashevska parks her car, wriggles her hands into a pair of latex gloves and then starts walking into a dense wooded area just south of her Dallas home. It’s a well-used dump site for garbage, appliances and, yes, dogs, and Tarashevska is looking for living animals amongst the trash bag-wrapped carcasses of the pets who have been unceremoniously disposed of.
“I know just because I’m out here doesn’t mean it’s going to stop,” she told the Dallas Morning News. “But once you know this exists, you have a responsibility to do something about it.”
On that morning, Tarashevska somehow saw a sick-looking Rottweiler amongst the trees and the trash, a dog who was emaciated, covered with mange and other infections. She doesn’t hesitate to pick the dog up and carry her almost a quarter mile back to her parked car, where she gives her some much needed food and water. Tarashevka’s next stop is to take the dog to a nearby animal hospital.
By the time they reach the clinic, Tarashevska has already given the dog a name: Hope.
“The laws need to be enforced to where people can’t just get an animal and then throw it away,” Tarashevska tells the Morning News. “They shouldn’t be able to get away with that without getting into any trouble.”
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