On Wednesday, near Gray Court, South Carolina a rescuer received a call about a struggling dog desperately trying to walk along the side of a busy country road. The dog’s condition was shocking; not only was he emaciated, but his eyes were so infected, it was doubtful he could even see – yet he continued to stumble down the road. Who can even imagine where he was headed or how he even had the strength to continue?
Rushed to an emergency veterinarian, the dog dubbed Journey by his rescuers, has been diagnosed with kidney failure, severe infections, intestinal worms, undernourishment and severe dehydration. Estimated to be 10-years-old, Journey’s eyes are sunken in, and it is unknown if he will regain his sight.
Odds seem to be against him in his fight to survive, but he wants to live. He has been administered intravenous fluids, antibiotics, vitamins and life sustaining medications and supplements. He is currently being cared for by his rescuer – 24/7.
On social media, the dog’s rescuer, Audra Root penned an open letter to Journey’s owner. It began:
“I could not believe what I was looking at as I approached the ditch I’m for sure your dog laid down to die in. A fairly busy road I’m sure you other cold hearted people witnessed him struggling to walk, with only bones showing, no vision but a fight to live more then I’ve ever seen before. His fight was leaving his old worn body as you probably sat with a full meal and no regard to the life you allowed to suffer. No part of my being can understand such disregard for life. I’m not a cruel person but I hope one day you find yourself alone, homeless with no food or no one.”
Journey’s condition was heartbreaking:
“Then maybe you can feel an ounce of the suffering you brought this old soul. Thanks to you his kidneys are failing to a degree we’re unsure he can come back from, but I’m fighting like hell because you didn’t. Infection raging his already deteriorated body, worms eating his insides, his eyes sunk into the back of his skull that have to be flushed all day. He does not even have the strength to eat. He can’t walk without wobbling and laying down. I hope I never cross your path but I hope you cross the path of another cruel person. I firmly believe we reap what we sow.”
No matter how cruel Journey’s owners may have been, there’s still hope:
“As I carry your dog’s old body, syringe feed him and give him love my anger deepens yet so does my fight for him. Other people came together for an animal they never met. But you couldn’t even give him the decency to find help for an animal you were supposed to love. I hope you see his face and can’t sleep but I bet you won’t, you saw his face and did NOTHING. The pit of hell isn’t even good enough for you.”
(edited only for clarity)
Follow Journey’s progress here.
More information is available here.
(Photos of struggling dog in ditch via Audra Root)
Donations can be called into Dr. Wade Hampton 864.244.1658 orPayPal firstname.lastname@example.org.