UPDATE#2: It is with deep sadness to announce Melanie died this morning. A video dedicated to a puppy who should have tasted the dew at morning’s dawn on the grass, kissed her favorite companion and enjoyed being loved and cherished can be seen below.
UPDATE: Melanie has presented with parvo and continues to fight for her life. An update on the Rescue Dogs Rock NYC Facebook filled in the heartbreaking details:
“Today is not a good day for her. We are devastated to learn this morning that she has broken with parvo. Her immune system is so compromised, this will be a tough battle for her. Her body temperature has dropped to 96 and she stopped eating. She is now on warming pads, and is receiving plasma. Her fluids are spiked with glucose. We pray she can fight this. Please send her positive energy to help her fight. Fight Melanie, come on baby girl, we are waiting for you to feel better and come home!”
Who could ever imagine abandoning a three-month-old puppy – much less in the middle of the woods with a severe skin condition caused by egregious human neglect? Fortunately, the puppy’s life was spared when hunters found her wandering in a forest of Fayetteville, Georgia over the weekend.
Dubbed Melanie, the 10-pound-puppy’s rescue was a collaborative rescue effort. As the hunters reached out to animal advocates, who in turn contacted Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, Melanie was rushed to the Fayetteville Animal Hospital where she is currently receiving expert care. Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, provided details of the veterinarians’ initial examination of Melanie on the organization’s Facebook page Monday afternoon:
“Melanie has demodectic mange; complicated and compromised with a very bad skin infection because she went for so long without treatment. Her eyes are infected, and she was dehydrated. She has received her first soothing bath and is on antibiotics and medication. Please keep Melanie in your prayers. She is very weak and so very tiny; stumbling when she tries to walk. She needs us, and she needs all of you. We will keep you updated as the week progresses….. thank you.”
Melanie has a long and tough uphill battle. To help with her mounting medical care, donations can be made by clicking here. Paypal: Donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org or for anyone wanting to send a check to help, please address all mail to RDR NYC, PO Box 101 NY, NY 10028.