Just ten minutes before a brindle coated bulldog was to be euthanized at a North Carolina shelter, Rescue Dogs Rock, NYC stepped forward to save the dog who had been hit by a car, denied medical care and left tethered outdoors in the backyard for months. On Tuesday, the extremely friendly dog named Lt Dan, by the veterinarian caring for him, arrived at the organization’s partner veterinarian clinic where the first order of business will be to address his two untreated, broken legs.
“This is one of the most heartbreaking stories so far this year, ” stated Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of the rescue group who is known to come to the aid of dogs suffering the most severe cases of neglect and abuse. “Can you imagine his pain and suffering?”
Last Thursday, Wilson County Animal Enforcement responded to a report of an injured dog at a home located on Banks Lane. When authorities arrived, they found the bulldog tethered outdoors by a cable, dragging his back legs in the yard. According to the Wilson Times, the sheriff’s office chief of staff, Wanda Samuel, stated the owner of the dog, Yiovany Rodriguez Rosado, 19, told officers the dog had been hit by a car one to two weeks ago. It is suspected, however, that the dog may have been injured in September 2016. He also told the Wilson County Animal Enforcement that he didn’t have a car or money to help the dog, and didn’t know what to do. Rosado surrendered the dog to Animal Enforcement, who transferred the dog to a veterinarian where the pup was found to have two broken legs and other injuries. Sadly, Lt. Dan had been returned to the shelter where – because of his extensive injuries was doomed to die.
“It’s despicable cruelty and thank goodness the owner was arrested! Of course he’s out on bond,” Jackie sadly added, but her optimism quickly returned. “Lt Dan had some angels looking out for him and they begged for help and for his precious life. They say he is amazing and deserves a chance! He can go to the bathroom by himself and feel pain and wag his tail, so despite all the time that has passed, there is hope! X-rays show disc compression,” and surgery is now a viable option,” Jackie explained on the group’s Facebook page.
Rosado has been charged with felony animal cruelty and for two counts of failure to vaccinate the dog and improper tethering. He was released on a $2,000 unsecured bond.
To help Lt Dan with his medical expenses, donations can be made by clicking here or Donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org or RDR NYC PO BOX 101 NY NY 10028.
Photos of dog left tethered outdoors and video courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.
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