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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Your donation is tax deductible and 100% will go to Apollo’s vet bills. Thank you!
(Images via Rocky Ridge Refuge)
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