Terribly neglected when his owner died, Reno gets new ‘leash’ on life

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The neglect of Reno had been going on for a long period of time, but when the senior’s owner died, the dog’s future became even more ominous. Covered in fleas, matted and with his eyes swollen, the dog was surrendered to a rural shelter in Georgia. It might seem as if no one in the family cared if Reno had one more day, one more month or even a few years left to live – no one wanted him.

When advocates called out to Rescue Dogs Rock NYC to help, Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of the organization, immediately agreed and quickly made arrangements for the raggedy, neglected pooch who had already given up on life at the shelter to be transferred to the group’s partner veterinarian emergency services. On Saturday, Reno was sedated in order to be cleaned, shaved and examined.

“We posted little senior Reno yesterday when he came in horrible condition after his owner died. Today he was sedated, shaved, cleaned up & had his rotten teeth pulled. The photos are heartbreaking,” Jackie posted about the ten-year-old dog’s updated condition on Facebook Saturday night. “He was matted, had rotten teeth, horrible overgrown nails, was filthy, flea infested and he’s blind. Looks like he was born blind, but before he was too matted to see his face.”

And on Saturday, Reno’s life has changed. No more will he be matted and no more will fleas infest his undernourished body. Many thanks to Rescue Dogs Rock NYC for stepping up to a dog no one wanted anymore.

“We want you,” stated Jackie, ” and so do many other people who read about your life.”

To help Reno and more dogs in similar need, donations can be sent via PayPal: Donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org or www.rescuedogsrocknyc.org/donate/ or mail: RDR NYC PO BOX 101 NY NY 10028.

(Photos and video of courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC






Check out his short video when he first arrived at the vet. Shameful condition for a little dog who just wanted to be loved.

Posted by Rescue Dogs Rock NYC on Friday, April 14, 2017


10 replies
  1. Kathleen Drude says:

    The fact that people have pets and don’t don’t take care of them breaks my heart! To see the neglect at these levels is very disquieting! Just because you have pets doesn’t make you a good pet parent! Remember love is a part of it but you have to take care of them too!

  2. Barkley's Mom says:

    It’s too bad little Reno’s owner died but he obviously wasn’t getting the care he needed. Thanks to Rescue Dogs Rock NYC he will have a new life from now on.

  3. Cynthia Como says:

    OMG! This is heartbreaking! I think the owner dying is the best thing that has happened to Reno in a long time,the level of absolute cruelty inflicted upon this poor dog is inexcuseable,elderly or not!!

  4. ellen cottone says:

    i would like to see his after head shot please.
    the one after his shampoo, hair cut , manicure and blow out.
    i would like to see mr faboulous…
    one eye sparkling, smiling his toothless happy smile.

  5. Bunny Peters says:

    I am glad this precious little treasure was rescued!!!
    I hope this precious little treasure makes a full recovery and finds a new furever home where he will be a beloved family member……


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