As everyone headed home on Friday evening preparing for a restful weekend, a frantic 911 call came into Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. A four-month-old puppy had been picked up by animal control in San Antonio, Texas with a life-threatening injury. Part of the pup’s face had been ripped off; leaving a gaping hole. No one knows how the injury happened, however it is suspected he was attacked by another dog. What do young puppies know about defending themselves at such a young age?
For five days, the defenseless puppy was reported to have been wandering around an abandoned home. Finally an area resident called animal control; had that not happened, it is likely the dog dubbed Nelson would have died. By the time animal control found him, Nelson was in shock; his facial wounds were infected and already rotting away.
“We cannot imagine why people waited so long and allowed Nelson to suffer so,” stated Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of the rescue organization.
And in coordination with animal advocate Leslie Ysuhuaylas, transportation was arranged to the Callaghan Road Animal Hospital where surgery was performed on Saturday to clean and close the puppy’s injuries. Nelson is now resting comfortably; perhaps the first time in his very short life. In all fairness to the area residents, it is possible no one saw the puppy’s injuries, but what happened to Nelson’s owner?
Rescue Dogs Rock NYC are often called upon to help seriously abused and at risk dogs from kill shelters and provide these special companions with specialized medical care – often running into thousands of dollars. To help Nelson and more dogs in similar serious circumstances, donations can be made to PayPal: Donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org or www.rescuedogsrocknyc.org/donate/ or mail: RDR NYC PO BOX 101 NY NY 10028.
(Photos of puppy with gaping hole in his face courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)
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