Starved German Shepherd

German shepherd starved to the brink of death and abandoned on road

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Earlier this week, someone discovered a starved German shepherd who was abandoned on a road in central Arkansas. The good Samaritan who made the disturbing discovery initially feared that the motionless dog had been hit by a car…as it turned out, the dog was simply too weak to move.

The abandoned, skeletal dog was rushed to the Jacksonville Animal Shelter, who in turn rushed him to an emergency veterinarian for critical, life-saving care. Rocky Ridge Refuge, who is shared this emaciated dog’s plight, recounted the German shepherd’s dismal condition and what was initially recommended to the shelter staff:

 After the first night at vet, the shelter was told to consider euthanasia, as his chances looked so bleak. But Hedy Wuelling, the shelter director, felt he deserved more time. He is a young dog and tests have shown that he has no disease or issue apparent to cause the extreme emaciation. All evidence points to deliberate starvation at this point. Over the last few days he has managed to hold his head up and eat and drink a bit on his own. Still too weak to sit or stand on his own, but definitely improving.

The badly neglected dog, dubbed “Apollo,” will be moved to Rocky Ridge Refuge for care once he is stabilized, but it is unknown, due to his extraordinarily poor state of health, when that will be. In the meantime, donations can be made to the animal shelter which is fighting for his life (or directly to the veterinary hospital).

Information as follows:

He is at Dr. Misak’s (Jacksonville Animal Hospital) where an account has been set up for him under the name Apollo. If you would like to donate to Apollo’s care, please go by Dr. Misak’s, or you can donate via Paypal at Your donation is tax deductible and 100% will go to Apollo’s vet bills. Thank you!

(Images via Rocky Ridge Refuge)

More news and updates at the National Animal News Facebook page.

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17 replies
  1. Nancy Raymond says:

    Another prime example of humans who have no soul – I pray Apollo fully recovers and finds the safe loving home he obviously never had – he is a beautiful dog.

  2. Helen says:

    Apollo is a beautiful dog and deserves to have a loving family. I pray for his full recovery and grateful he was saved from the brink of death.

  3. Cynthia Como says:

    When I see a dog starved like this it tears my heart to shreds! It is such a slow, torturous,painful way to exist and death is usually the end result! Makes me cry! PLEASE, BEAUTIFUL APOLLO,HANG IN THERE AND GET WELL SOON SWEETIE❤️

  4. pennysdachshund says:

    This young and beautiful dog MOST CERTAINLY didn’t deserve this horrible treatment… Bet the individual/ individuals who did this IS one FAT/ LARG ASS SON OF A BITCH!!!! hope someone Narc’s the PUTRID BUZZARD VOMIT out!!!

    • vicki hood says:

      Now that we know he is passed to a better world, Please Apollo when i go would you meet me at Rainbow bridge and be part of my adored family? I love you already and hope to see you.

  5. susispot says:

    He is beautiful! He will be a real looker when he fills out. I pray he can overcome the starvation and thrive. A curse on the person that did this.


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