It is with a heavy heart to have to post the heartbreaking news that Caleb, the three-month-old puppy Rescue Dogs Rock NYC tried so hard to save, passed away on Saturday.
“We knew when we rescued Caleb the odds were stacked against him as he only had a 30% chance of survival, but we were going to try everything medically possible to give him every chance, stated Jackie O’Sullivan on the organization’s Facebook page early Saturday afternoon. “Due to the abuse he suffered, the damage was already so severe. So we knew, it would be an uphill battle.”
Caleb had the best veterinary care any pup could have received. Although his prognosis did appear slightly more positive on Friday, his body was so weak, the helpless little puppy could no longer fight.
“We are angry. We are disturbed. We are distraught. We are sad and defeated. We are mourning,” are the passionate words felt by everyone whose life had been touched so briefly by Caleb, yet so deeply at the same time.
For anyone not familiar with Caleb’s tragic story, previous to his rescue, the trauma the defenseless puppy suffered was almost indescribable. A neighbor had witnessed the puppy being thrown over a high fence and helped with his rescue. Caleb’s initial evaluation at the veterinary hospital included the following disturbing diagnosis:
“Upon being examined by the medical team they discovered this puppy was in far worse shape than originally known,” stated Jackie. “Poor Caleb suffered not only head trauma, but he’s clearly emaciated, covered in what looks to be old cigarette burns, and they found an “abnormal” anus! The medical team was so upset by his condition that a cruelty investigation is being started. There is no question that Caleb suffered cruel and sadistic torture over time. They also discovered he has a broken jaw.”
A $5,000 reward has been offered by Rescue Dogs Rock NYC for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for Caleb’s abuse. A cruelty investigation is currently underway, however no details have been released.
“Rest in peace Caleb. You are pain free now. No one will ever abuse you again.”
Read more about Caleb’s struggle here.
(Photo courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC as is the video)
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