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.
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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