The question remains how anyone can turn their back and abandon their dog in an apartment with no food or water? When Baltimore Animal Care and Rescue Shelter (BARCS) reached out to Rescue Dogs Rock NYC on Saturday afternoon, it was to help with a young dog left alone who nearly starved to death in an abandoned apartment.
“Our hearts shattered the minute we saw him lying there; helpless, defeated, suffering – yet another victim of senseless starvation,” stated Jackie O’Sullivan, the co-founder of the rescue organization.
The four-year-old dog, dubbed Boden, never made it to the shelter as BARCS personnel transported him directly to their emergency veterinarian. He could neither stand nor walk. At the time when he was found, no one knew how long Boden had been deprived of water and food. His body score condition has been recorded as a “1” on a “9” point scale.
“We cried when we read the report,” Jackie continued. “Boden has oral lesions and paresis (weakness of voluntary movement caused by nerve damage or disease, partial paralysis). “Due to his body temperature and his condition, his chart reads, ‘prognosis poor.'”
Because the abuse, neglect, cruelty and medical cases cost shelters the most money and are the most urgent, dogs just like Boden are often the first animals euthanized. Rescue Dogs Rock NYC focus on the rescue of the most urgent cases and provide them with the emergency or specialized veterinary care they need.
“However, you know us; we will not give up! Boden will have the fighting chance he deserves to go on… the kind of life we hope to give all of our dogs,” Jackie posted on the group’s Facebook page under Boden’s heartbreaking photos.
Boden will have the fighting chance he deserves, and it is hoped he will go on to have a wonderful life – free of cruelty and abuse. He is in the process of being transferred to the organization’s 24-hour emergency medical facility.
To help Boden, PayPal: Donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org or www.rescuedogsrocknyc.org/donate/ or mail: RDR NYC PO BOX 101 NY NY 10028.
(Photos of dog nearly starved to death courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)
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