love you, but I abandon you.” A few words, written on a napkin, in uncertain handwriting, probably that of a child. Thus Tao was abandoned, a dog almost killed by a disease that is still too widespread: “human stupidity”.
It was August 17, 2011 when a passer-by in the Bonagia neighborhood of Palermo noticed the dog’s presence and alerted a patrol of traffic police officers working on a speed camera a few meters away. But Tao didn’t have to die, he didn’t want to die. Despite his skin and bones body, his muzzle like a skull, his tongue hanging out of his teeth, his tail reduced to a dry string, his body stiffened in an unnatural curve, his fur tormented by sores and horse flies, he had the strength to make a moan.
« Tao immediately showed that he wanted to live. An extraordinary willpower – explains Alessandra Musso of Lida – Tao’s story moved all of Italy and marked the lives of us volunteers.” And so as many requests for adoptions as offers for treatment arrived from the web. An ordeal that lasted over 10 months during which that brave little dog demonstrated all his will to live.
Once back on his four legs, Tao then spent his last five years of life with Veronica and her family, surrounded by love that had been denied to him, except perhaps by that child who wanted to leave him one last message, incapable of rebelling. to the human cruelty of the adults around him.