Neglected and starved dog Lotus needs a new nose to live

A neglected and starved dog’s rescue efforts began on April 9 when a photo of the emaciated dog, with a mostly detached nose and an accompanying video, arrived at the Little League Rescue located in Hereford, Arizona. The dog, dubbed Lotus was ambulatory; she had open sores on her hips and other areas. Her nose had nearly fallen off, her ears were dried out and her gums were very pale. Although little is known about her past only; that she had been surrendered, her tragic story played out to rescuers and veterinarians at first glance.  

With the help of volunteers, Lotus was able to survive the trip and arrived at the organization’s veterinarian a few days later; from there the dog’s struggle to survive really began. With a feeding plan and treatment, Lotus started to improve, but along with her initial progress, a new set of health complications quickly followed. Because her body had been so depleted of all needed nourishment, only her vital organs survived; the dog’s ears and nose had suffered irreparable damage. Once she built up some strength, her nose fell off as her body tried to replenish its blood supply resulting in all of her wounds – ears and nose  becoming extremely vascular. Unfortunately once her nose fell away,  her nasal passage is so small, the dog is having a hard time breathing.

“This is quickly turning into a very desperate for help situation! She had this catheter placed yesterday as her wounds are healing and unfortunately that includes her nose. She needs a life-saving reconstruction of her nose. We have written multiple surgical centers but have not had any luck finding someone that can take this surgery on it. She has gained 7 pounds and is making great progress, but we are running out of time!,” the rescue organization posted on their Facebook page.

The Little League Rescue has been reaching out to the public asking for help finding a specialized surgeon who can help Lotus.

“I got a little sick to my stomach when I saw the numbers that are $5000-$6500 + or – . Not because I think it’s overpriced, these doctors are the best of the best and with that comes a price to match, but because it seems so unobtainable. This would include: blood work, pre-operative care, scoping, ct scan, surgical procedure, and post operative care. It’s a good feeling to know that they are confident in their skill but scary because the only other alternative is death.”

A YouCaring link to help Lotus can be followed here.

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14 replies
  1. Nancy Raymond says:

    How about some veterinarians who are more concerned with Lotus getting proper medical care than charging outrageous amounts of money for helping her? It seems that $$$$$ is the deciding factor – not her recovery. You would think that this poor dog would tug at some vet’s heart.

  2. Cynthia Como says:

    OMG! This poor,poor fur baby! So very unfair that this beautiful baby was allowed to get in this condition! Oh how I hope and pray this little sweetheart can be repaired and fully healed,she sure does have an uphill battle. I know that all the amazing people assisting her will help her to get up that hill! I’m praying for u Lotus!

  3. Michele Conte says:

    Did they try Texas A & M Small Animal Hospital in College Park, Texas? Excellent teaching hospital that may do pro bono work for dogs like this. (979) 845 – 2351. They see animals by referral only. I had a totally positive experience with them this past February when my vet referred my terrier mix to be checked for liver issue–a minor medical concern, compared to the major issues Texas A & M takes on.

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  5. Rev. Dr. Yvonne Ray says:

    Hereford is thirty miles from me. I wonder if this dog is from a Pit Bull puppy mill in Whetstone? I’ll share the story. ARK (Animal Rural Clinic) in Whetstone and the Vet Clinic at Tractor Supply Company in Sierra Vista have the most reasonable vet prices with caring and competent vets and vet assistants.

  6. Kathleen Drude says:

    This poor baby has a very hard road in front of her but i have no doubt she will survive it and a vet in that area will come forward to do the reconstruction! Thats not going to be easy either from what i can see from the picture!


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