The story of a seven-month-old Chihuahua abused puppy left to suffer because of his family’s negligence culminated in a tragic end when little Liam took a dramatic downward turn on Saturday afternoon. His struggle to live affected even the most stoic rescuers and supporters, but none more than the volunteers at Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. Co-founder Jackie O’Sullivan shared the tragic news at 5:00 Saturday evening:
“… today his medical condition spiraled and fluid and bacteria built up in his chest causing him to become septic. We didn’t want to listen or hear this news; we wanted to continue fighting hoping for a miracle. But it was determined that Liam was suffering, and it was time to let go
We had done everything medically possible for him, but still it was not enough to save this precious angel. We are so angry and defeated that we couldn’t do more.”
Liam had been dropped by the children in his home thus injuring two of his legs. The family took the abused puppy to an emergency veterinarian, but stated they couldn’t afford treatment and left with pain medication, but not before promising the personnel at the hospital they would be following up with their regular vet. Two weeks later, Liam was back at the emergency veterinarian – the family then admitted the severely injured puppy had only been administered one dose of pain medication in the last two weeks and had never been taken to the vet for any followup treatment.
On Wednesday night, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC stepped up to help Liam and rushed him to their emergency veterinarian in Maryland. Sadly, it was to be too late for a defenseless little puppy no matter how hard veterinarians and their staff tried.
“We are angry at his abusers. Angry that our laws in this country for our companion animals are not stricter or even exist. This did not happen overnight. Liam had old fractures along with the new injuries. Please, if you see abuse, report it. Be their voice. He didn’t deserve this. He never even got to see his 1st birthday,” added Jackie.
To help Rescue Dogs Rock NYC pay Liam’s veterinary costs, please click here. PayPal: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rest in peace Liam. Please be the voice for those who cannot speak. Read the prior story here.
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(Photo of abused puppy courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)
Today Our Precious Liam passed away He tried so hard to fight and survive from the abuse and neglect he suffered We really thought he was getting better, we thought he was going to survive But today his medical condition spiraled and fluid and bacteria built up in his chest causing him to become septic We didn't want to listen or hear this news, we wanted to continue fighting hoping for a miracle But it was determined that Liam was suffering and it was time to let go We had done everything medically possible for him but still it was not enough to save this precious angelWe are so angry and defeated that we couldn't do more We are angry at his abusers Angry that our laws in this country for our companion animals are not stricter or even existThis did not happen overnight Liam had old fractures along with the new injuries. Please, if you see abuse, report it. Be their voice. He didn't deserve this. He never even got to see his 1st birthday. You fought very hard baby. You did so good and there is nothing we wouldn't have done to save you. We are so sorry for what you went through. You were so strong. Your body just could not fight any more and the hardest thing we ever have to do is say good bye. We love you and promise to do everything we am to save others just like you. Your life mattered. Thank you to everyone that supported Liam and his fight. Without you we could have ever even given this angel a fighting chance. He heard and felt every single one of you. We know his loss is touching everyone right now and we share the sadness and anger with you. The outpouring love from our community is what kept him going. It's what keeps us going. Thank you just doesn't seem like enough. Fly free baby boy. Never to feel pain again.
Posted by Rescue Dogs Rock NYC on Saturday, November 19, 2016