In Henderson, North Carolina, a five-week-old puppy weighing little more than two-pounds, was turned into the Ruin Creek Animal Protection Society this week, after a gentleman told shelter workers he “found” the puppy walking down the street.
On Friday night, the tiny pit bull mix puppy was on her way to Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. The helpless little puppy, dubbed Pebbles, who had been originally thought to be suffering from mange with her open and oozing sores all over her tiny body, needed immediate attention. When Pebbles arrived at the rescue Saturday morning, co-founder Jackie O’Sullivan was shocked:
“Pebbles was in such poor condition, I had to rush her to the vet. The vet does not think Pebbles has mange – rather it’s likely she was burned or dipped in something. Her hair is all falling out and her skin is all sores,” stated Jackie. “She has to stay at the vets for the weekend and get injectable medication and soothing baths three times a day.”
All of Pebbles’ coat is expected to fall out, but the tiny puppy has a ferocious will to survive, and even though she cried out in pain when anyone picked her up, the medication and baths are helping to control her discomfort.
“She has a fierce will to live, or she wouldn’t be here not at two pounds and 4-5 weeks old,” continued Jackie. “Her ears have pus in them and are all swollen. She stinks; it seriously was so bad. All I wanted to do from the moment I met her was to get her help and away I went.”
Pebbles is now receiving the best of care and is reported to be eating. She will stay with a vet tech through the long holiday weekend and receive medicated baths three times a day and sub-q pain medication and fluids. Her skin is too thin and damaged for intravenous fluids. On the organization’s Facebook page, Jackie told rescue followers how she welled up with tears just listening to the puppy cry out in pain and misery.
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