Hardly a day goes by without a 911 emergency for the volunteers at Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. Thursday afternoon was no different; Rupert’s near death story was told, and had it not been for some quick intervention, the one-year-old puppy’s life would have been over.
Rupert had been one of the lucky ones, or so he thought when he was adopted by a family from the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) in November. The energetic, six-month-old puppy happily frolicked into his new owners’ arms – positive his young life would be one of love and care by his new family. Sadly, that was all too short-lived. Just days ago, Rupert was returned to BARCS as a skeleton; he could not stand or walk and was thought to have been close to death. According to the adopter, their puppy would eat, but he just didn’t gain weight. When adopted, Rupert weighed 33 pounds; when brought back to the shelter, the emaciated puppy weighed 22 pounds.
Upon arrival, BARCS rushed the dog to their veterinarian, and there he remained until Thursday because his condition had not been stable. Rescue Dogs Rock NYC stepped forward for this emergency, and Rupert has been transferred to the organization’s emergency care veterinarian partner.
“This is beyond upsetting but we are happy to report there is an investigation,” Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC posted on their Facebook under the disturbing photos of the severely emaciated puppy. “Now let’s hope something comes of it!”
Rupert has a long road ahead of him and he is not out of the woods.
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Photos and video of puppy near death courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.