In a rural shelter in Columbus County, North Carolina, a severely injured dog suffered all weekend. Brought to the shelter’s veterinarian when first found as a stray, the young dog was administered emergency care and given medication. When brought back to the shelter, he was left lying on a cement floor – no rescue organizations came to his aid; poor Linus barely moved – his gums were pale white as maggots moved in and around his face and infected ears. Tragically, like so many other county shelters, there is little funding available for veterinarian care. All they can do is help with emergency care, alert local rescuers and beg for help. Although advocates had no idea how Linus survived the weekend, no one was going to give up on the stray who only wanted to be loved.
On Monday morning, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC were notified about the dog’s precarious situation. Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of the organization immediately jumped into action. Linus was soon to be on his way to the organization’s partner veterinarian for life-saving care. This latest 911 victim of abuse and neglect would be given a second chance:
“Linus is suffering from severe ear infections which have been attacked by maggots,” began Stacey on the group’s Facebook page as she posted the heartbreaking photos and videos of a dog fighting for his life. “He has no front teeth and when found and brought to the shelter, a tooth had been dangling in his mouth and fell out – leaving a huge gaping hole on the inside of his mouth.”
Linus spent the night at the emergency veterinarian. At this time, his prognosis is unknown, but at the very least the sweet dog has been made comfortable and is receiving the best of care. No matter what happens, Linus will never suffer from neglect or abuse again.
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Photos and video courtesy of severely injured Linus via Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.
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