In another heartbreaking case of a pet owner completely failing their best friend, a neglected seven-year-old dog was rescued just in time on Monday as animal advocates coordinated arrangements with Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. At the Baldwin County Animal Shelter in Hartwell, Georgia, Rock had been scheduled to be euthanized after his former owners informed the shelter they had a “dog who needed to be disposed of” as if breathing, obedient and loving Rock had been yesterday’s trash.
“Disposed of? You mean like garbage?,” Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of the Rescue Dogs Rock NYC asked on the organization’s Facebook page in disgust and shock. “How shameful and how despicable. Despite his rotten owners, despite his condition, Rock approaches with tail wagging – walking under his own power.”
What was especially shocking and disturbing was the huge, gaping untreated tumor the dog had above his leg which wrapped around his rear end. It appears to have been growing for an unknown length of time. Clearly the dog was in significant pain and discomfort and was immediately transferred to the rescue’s partner veterinarian for an examination and care. And on Tuesday, Rock was diagnosed as extremely anemic, and is currently receiving intravenous fluids. It has not been determined if he will need a transfusion, although that is still a wait and see option. The dog’s best chance will most likely be the amputation of his leg, however that cannot be performed at this time because the tissue surrounding the tumor is extremely infected.
“We will do everything possible to turn Rock’s life around, no matter what,” Jaekie posted on the organization’s Facebook page to update advocates and followers. “We are not going to let Rock be ‘disposed of’ without a chance of life. We don’t know what he is facing, but we do know that he deserves dignity, love and respect.”
To donate to help Rock, please click here. or directly to Paypal- Donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org. If donating by check: RDR NYC PO Box 101, Gracie Station, NY NY 10028.
(Photos of dog needed to be disposed of courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)
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