Emergency help needed for dog with grotesquely swollen muzzle

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In Conover, North Carolina, the shocking photo of a dog with a grotesquely swollen muzzle sent waves of disbelief and tears through the animal rescue community on New Year’s Day. Hartman’s Haven Dog Rescue had been contacted by the dog owner’s neighbor about a Rottweiler living in Catawba County who had been in dire need of emergency help.hartmans-haven-dog-rescue-2

As the questions continue to loom how any owner could allow a dog’s condition to get this critical, it is not known what happened to the dog.

“We have no idea what is wrong (infection? tumor? cancer?) but she now has green mucus and blood coming from her nose and is having trouble breathing. She needs to be seen at the emergency vet NOW, which is not cheap. Hartman’s Haven does not have the funds to cover this and they require payment up front,” the organization posted on their Facebook page to supporters.

By early Sunday evening, the dog named Roxie (aka Raven) was already transferred to the rescue’s veterinarian where she was made comfortable for the evening. On Monday mid-morning, there still have not been any definite answers as to what happened to this sweet dog’s swollen muzzle, but fortunately all blood tests so far have been normal.

“Her mass bleeds on and off however she manages to eat, drink and wagged her tail this morning. She is on pain medications and antibiotics, and she seems to feel a lot better today than yesterday,” volunteers report.

Roxie has been transferred to the Veterinary Referral Hospital of Hickory where she has been sedated and veterinarians are able to explore inside of her mouth, take X-rays as well as aspirate the mass. What happened to this dog didn’t happen overnight, and it is expected to take a few days to confirm a definitive diagnosis. Everyone promises not to give up on this dog.

To donate to Roxie’s care, please click here. Donations can also be called into the Veterinary Referral Hospital of Hickory at  828-328-6697 and donate by phone to the vet office under Hartman’s Haven Dog Rescue. Say a prayer for Roxie, and updates will follow as information is made available.

Photos of Roxie courtesy of Hartman’s Haven Dog Rescue.

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12 replies
  1. Patricia Green says:

    Please someone help her I wish I was in the position to help but I can’t right now with having 19 dogs and 6 cats on our property it is very hard and breaks my heart that I can’t help please keep us updated on this girl…xoxoxo sending prayers…

  2. Barkley's Mom says:

    Good question, where is the owners in all of this? Shouldn’t they be shouldering some of the responsibility? Why was it a neighbor had to get help for the dog? Totally irresponsible behavior on their part, they need to be helping with the treatment cost or be charged with neglect!

    • Sherry says:

      yes, we need to get some cruelty/neglect charges against the owner for god’s sake. How could they not seek help for this dog and a neighbor had to do it. Get this dog away from those freaks.

  3. lilsdad73 says:

    Donated. I really hope they can get to the bottom of what has caused this, if it’s neglect or otherwise. Poor Roxie, love and prayers to you sweet one ❤️

  4. Beth oleson says:

    Oh poor baby. She looks like a dog that got a lot of coverage here in Oklahoma. He was a Goldie, but had a very specific cancer that caused his snoot to swell. Prayer for this baby.

  5. Marissa says:

    Apparently the owner had no intentions of taking Roxie to the vet and if not for the neighbor she still would not be at the vet. You know what the hell is wrong with people don’t they understand that these poor animals feel the same pain we do. How can anyone be so cruel as to let this happen and do nothing. I can not believe the monsters that live among us, people like this should be euthanized same as when an animal does wrong. An eye for an eye in my book !!! God this makes me angry !!! I hope they find what is causing all this and Roxie recovers.

  6. Lin Kristian says:

    OMG how could anyone allow that to happen to a poor innocent dog. I’m a senior citizen on a very fixed income and can’t donate now, but when my check comes in I will donate something to the Veterinary Referral Hospital of Hickory under Hartman Haven Dog Rescue. In the mean time I am praying for Roxie.

  7. Beverly Michaels says:

    .For the life of me I don’t understand why A holes want to be cruel to animals.They don’t need to own them. WE grow up on a farm all our livestock & other pets treated good.They went vet &vet came to see about cattle,hogs, and other animals. Hope Roxie get well and go to better,


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