Imagine a dog, estimated by Manhattan’s Animal Care Centers of New York City to be a young, adult pit bull, weighing only 15-pounds. Imagine a young dog’s muscles so atrophied and weak, she was barely able to stand or walk. Imagine what life must have been for a young dog left alone in a crate for a prolonged period of time.
On Saturday evening, Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC ,received an emergency call from the emergency room veterinarian at the shelter for help with a suspected cruelty case. The quiet and extremely docile young adult dog just wanted to be held and loved. She has been named “Hope.” Her initial assessment by the staff included:
“Subjective: no history, emaciated young dog with crusted epistaxis debris around nares, no cough or sneeze
Oral Exam: moderate staining
Abdomen: tucked in, WNL
Musculoskeletal: emaciated 2.5/9 BCS, affected ambux4 due to muscle wasting
Mentation: QAR, mild dehydration
Preliminary Assessment: emaciated neglected animal”
Hope was rushed to the organization’s emergency veterinary hospital on Saturday evening. The staff is currently running extensive blood work profiles to check her organ functions, electrolytes, blood values and everything that can make an impact on a muscle atrophied and severely emaciated dog. Hope is currently on intravenous fluids; more information as to her condition is expected later on Sunday.
Hope needs everyone’s help:
Ways to Donate:
Rescue Dogs Rock NYC
PO Box 101
New York, NY 10028
Follow the National Pet Rescue on Facebook.
Photos courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC