A severely injured dog, starving and near death, was found beneath a train in Perry County, Kentucky, this weekend. The Coonhound, dubbed “Rooney,” was picked up and transported for emergency veterinary care under the wing of the Arrow Fund.
The non-profit agency described Rooney’s dismal condition:
The maggot infestation and nests were unlike anything I have seen. Layers upon layers of maggots embedded in his skin. We ended up having to shave this baby over a drain to try to get the majority of them off. His wounds are many and severe. Infection is present. We are fighting hard to keep his temperature up. It has been 91.3 for most of the day, it is now at 94.5, still cold. He has a bear hugger on him to help him. A technician is assigned just to watch him.
An ultrasound revealed that the starving dog had resorted to eating rocks beneath the train out of sheer desperation…Rooney has low blood counts and has required blood and plasma transfusions. Suffice to say, Rooney’s condition is literally “touch and go.”
Rooney’s condition remains critical – he is, however, receiving the best possible treatment and care. Individuals hoping to help the Arrow Fund cover Rooney’s veterinary expenses can make a donation:
Donations can be made to Thearrowfund.org and checks may be mailed to The Arrow Fund P.O.Box 1127 Prospect, Kentucky 40059.
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