Near the border of Mexico, a five-pound Shih Tzu, with her paw ballooned to nearly three times its normal size, roamed the streets scrounging for food while barely able to walk and withstand the pain. When found by the local animal control, the terribly neglected, tiny canine dubbed Dixie, had been emaciated, dehydrated and anemic.
Tragically, there was more. The six-month-old puppy’s coat had matted so tightly that the hair wrapped around her tiny leg had strangled the blood supply, rendering her limb necrotic. When rescued by animal advocate, Leslie Ysuhuaylas, the puppy had just been transferred to a veterinarian in Mexico.
“We found her this evening while she was already in a Mexican vets’ office awaiting to have her leg amputated without examination. She has been rushed to a vet in Texas and is currently awaiting tests in hopes of saving her leg,” posted Leslie after contacting Rescue Dogs Rock NYC for emergency help.
Dixie is currently in critical condition and is now on intravenous medication for the raging infection and to help ease her pain. Veterinarians informed co-founder, Stacey Silverstein of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, that Dixie had been suffering for weeks; while lost or abandoned, no one bothered to help her. She is currently undergoing tests to determine if it is possible to save her leg.
To help with Dixie’s medical expenses, (one night has already been over $900) donations can be made here or via PayPal at firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos of five-pound Shih Tzu courtesy of Leslie Ysuhuaylas and Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.
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