Photo of dog lying nearly lifeless on social media prompts emergency rescue

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A heartbreaking photo of a dog lying nearly lifeless in LaGrulla, Texas appeared on a social media page from Craigslist early Wednesday morning.  The person posting the photograph asked for advice how to treat the dog; no doubt in anyone’s mind however she needed emergency care immediately. 

The woman asking for help said she wanted to keep the dog she referred to as Sandy, and despite numerous inquiries from several different rescue volunteers, the woman would not disclose the location of the dog. For the entire day, excuses ran the gambit of using home remedies, her uncle in Houston was a vet and was coming to her home six hours away, and  then insisting the dog’s condition was not “that bad.”

When evening rolled around however, the woman finally revealed where the dog was located, and when a rescuer drove hours last night to find Sandy, the dog was no where around. On Thursday morning Sandy was found; she had been walking down the street in the middle of the road.

The real story of Sandy’s plight might forever be a mystery; she certainly can’t tell her own story. Had she belonged to this woman (who kept referring to Sandy as “my dog”)? Had she been dumped again because the woman couldn’t afford the veterinarian care? Fortunately, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC volunteered to help.

Late Thursday, an  afternoon update on Sandy’s condition has been posted on the Facebook page. Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of the organization described the husky’s condition:

“Here is Sandy at the Emergency Hospital being admitted. She is critical and suffering from anoplasmosis, severe mange, tick disease, anemia and she’s a skeleton, among other medical issues. Clearly, she has lived a tormented life and has been completely neglected to a point that very well might cost the dog her life. Sandy needs an immediate life saving blood/plasma transfusion if she has any chance at survival; at the cost of $1500. Her estimate is $3000, at this hour and climbing. Please help us to help this dog.”

To donate to Sandy’s care, please:

Go to
Pay pal
POBox 101
NY NY 10028

(Photos and video courtesy of Leslie Ysuhuaylas, social media and Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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Video of Sandy on her way to emergency veterinary hospital:

Posted by Leslie Hennings on Thursday, October 5, 2017


7 replies
  1. Cynthia Como says:

    OMG……absolutely heartbreaking!!! She is in the best hands there is! Sweet sweet soul! Praying for her recovery and a chance to know what love is! Really really breaks my heart!????????

  2. pennysdachshund says:

    I think this so called woman of interest could not pass a lie detector test!!! This dog didn’t get this ILL in a day or two… She wouldn’t disclose the location because she didn’t want any one to see first hand what she had done…. that is NOt done

    • Nancy Raymond says:

      Absolutely! This poor dog is in horrific condition and I bet this so called ‘woman’ is the cause. There is no other explanation for why she acted the way she did – wanted to hide her cruelty and neglect – but thanks to Rescue Dogs Rock NYC this dog has been rescued and will hopefully make a full recovery – again, no rescues in Texas seem to come through – guess that says it all.


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