Just a puppy and saved in the nick of time, Alexa is now resting comfortably at a partner veterinarian for Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. The organization stepped in on Friday when rescuers at a southern Texas high kill shelter spotted the dog as they were leaving. After having been surrendered, the puppy had been carried to the rear of the building to be placed in a kennel awaiting humane euthanasia; sick dogs at this shelter are killed immediately. The dog bled when touched; it was because of her raw skin. Of course, there had been no doubt Alexa had been neglected and mistreated, but there is more to her story.
Just days before, two college women found the pup as a stray scavenging around looking for scraps. They picked her up and brought her home; the women wanted to help:
“We actually found ‘Alexa’,” stated Clarissa – one of the young women who found the puppy. “She was a stray and we took her in but working full time and being full time students we knew we couldn’t care for her. I’ve never taken care of a dog with mange; we gave her penicillin but knew that she needed much more care than we could offer. I called the shelter, which in all honesty thought that they would help treat her. The reason she was in a bag was because we were just trying to avoid blood stains in the vehicle. As she has already left some blood stains on the couch at home. We were actually very relieved rescue was there when we got there. We didn’t know that they were going to put her down. I have a dog of my own and love it to pieces, took him the other day for pink eye. So before everyone thinks we were so horrible for leaving her in a bag, that wasn’t the case. That’s the day we got informed about the amazing work…”
“I felt horrible for this dog. And in all honesty I would have left her in the shelter thinking they would have helped her out. I had called before taking her in. I was told that as long as she tested negative for heartworms they would treat her. Rescue was the one that informed us she would be put down. But the bag was the one thing we had at hand, children are in and out of our vehicles so the last thing we wanted was for there to be blood where they sit. Not that we meant it in a malicious way.”
The puppy is in serious condition and had been in excruciating pain. Her skin is completely devoid of fur; Alexa looks like a burn victim. While being transported in the car to the veterinarian, her rescuer described the puppy ” as just being content lying down and resting.” When they carefully picked her up out of the car to take her inside to the veterinary hospital, everything Alexa touched was covered in blood. She is now receiving life saving emergency care.
Rescue Dogs Rock NYC has again come to the rescue of a dog who would have been immediately euthanized had they not stepped in. To help, donations can be made via PayPal Via PayPal at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.rescuedogsrocknyc.org/donate/.
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