Couch dog: Starving bait dog languished in rain and cold and no one stopped to help

Near the Mexico border in Texas, Duke was abandoned, and while he quietly padded around the neighborhood the critically injured dog found an old couch thrown out at the curb awaiting trash pickup. The two-year-old pit bull’s teeth had been filed down to nubs – some had been mercilessly removed. He had scars, open wounds and a raging infection, and he jumped onto the old soft couch, and there he curled up into a tight ball and wished for a better day.duke the couch dog

Duke was a surviving bait dog – the area well-known for dog fighting. His  advocate, Leslie Ysuhuaylas, told his story:

“His home, a dirty couch thrown out onto the curb – just like him. He was covered in infections, parasites and his teeth had been pulled and filed down. For a week the survivor stayed there. People in the area called him ‘couch dog.’ They watched him each day and night sitting on the old couch – only to move if someone tossed him a morsel of food.” duke the couch dog2

Perhaps adding to the tragic plight of Duke is that no one stopped. How many people drove by and felt pity, yet refused to help? Just by his appearance, it was obvious the dog’s medical needs were urgent.  Still Duke slept on the old couch; in the rain and in the cold. The couch became his home. On Friday, with Leslie’s help, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC  saved Duke, and he is officially off the couch. He has been rushed to a veterinarian in Dallas where the dog is now receiving the help he deserves.

“Duke is now receiving intensive medical treatment,” Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC wrote in an update on the organization’s Facebook page about Duke on Friday afternoon. “The dog is completely hairless, his skin is severely infected – red and raw. He is anemic, dehydrated, weak and covered in ticks and fleas. This two-year-old was used as a bait dog as his teeth have been filed down and pulled. When we were alerted to Duke and heard his story, and how this dog so desperately wanted to live, we could not turn our backs on him.”duke the couch dog 3

No one knows who owned Duke before he escaped from the hell where he lived for his short life, but his future looks brighter. To help with this dog’s medical expenses, please click here or Paypal Donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org.

Photos courtesy of Leslie Ysuhuaylas and Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.
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20 replies
  1. Rosemary Martinez says:

    Poor Duke so many days like this is sad and now he’s SAFE a BIG THANKS TO THE RECUSER’S. God is looking at him now GB HIM.

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  2. pennysdachshund says:

    This HORRIFIC PHOTO with ( How Many “So-Called Human’s Walking by like this poor fellow does not exist !!! These Lone Star/No Star Texan’s SHOULD BE PROUD OF THREMSELVS) They are won’t another HUMAN PISSING ON ANY OF THEM!!

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  3. Sherry says:

    Rescue Dogs Rock, god bless you once again! I donated for Duke. Some people are ruthless with no conscience or empathy. Wish they knew who left the poor baby in such horrific condition so they could prosecute the scumbags!How do they live with themselves? Freaks of nature.

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  4. Barkley's Mom says:

    How do people just pass by a dog day after day and not call someone to help them? If they don’t want to stop and help at least call Animal services, don’t let the poor dog just sit there in the rain, hurt and frightened! Again bless Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. I think they are the best!

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  5. Johanna Pontin says:

    I strongly believe that Life is giving us all chances and challenges at certain times. All the people who saw the dog and miserably failed to take on this given opportunity, have failed their purpose in life: to help others in need. Karma is always watching.

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  6. Solveig Pettersson says:

    Hate People how do this to a innocent Little puppy ???????????? Whish you a good recovering and a HAPPY FOREVERHOME ????????????BIG HUGS FROM SWEDEN ????????????????????????

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  7. Nancy Raymond says:

    Duke deserved so MUCH better and I truly hope he heals and gets the safe loving home he obviously never had – he so well deserves it.

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  8. linda says:

    So happy Duke was saved and hoping for his full recovery. This article is so similar to the one I read weeks ago on face book. Same colored chair except it told how the dog was abandoned by his owners when they moved and left trash and a chair. He stayed on the chair for days until he was rescued. Regardless the neighbors should be ashamed of themselves for not calling much sooner to help this dog.

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  9. Kathleen Drude says:

    It comes as no surprise that no one stepped up to help Duke! The surprise comes when you realize how many Dukes and Daisy’s are out there! The nitemare has come to an end for this Duke! Now comes the long road back! Please if you see an abandoned dog, step in! There are so many of them out here! Everyday it seems like they multiply! But one life at a time!

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