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Touch and go for severely injured dog found beneath train

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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 and checks may be mailed to The Arrow Fund P.O.Box 1127 Prospect, Kentucky 40059.

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11 replies
  1. Sherry says:

    I just can’t comprehend how many people must have seen this dog in various stages of his suffering and just walked on by. Let it be somebody else’s problem. I could NOT leave him. Someone could have given him assistance long before he got to this dismal critical point. Doing nothing is sometimes a horrid thing !Well if you have a heart and care about animals, everyone should make it there problem. Sadly many people are self absorbed or lacking the empathy gene. It is the saddest thing to me, to know there is all this animal cruelty and suffering and realizing all of the people that are financially secure and don’t offer a dime to help or give the time of day regarding animals well being. I guess we are in the minority; but thank god I know other people out there DO care or I would feel like I was living on Mars; just a different breed or species. Will give what little I can. Praying for a wonderful outcome for Rooney, he deserves a good life!

      • Nancy Raymond says:

        I will NEVER understand the arrogance, rudeness, inconsideration and lack of compassion people have for a suffering animal – these so called ‘humans’ are soulless – no way would I ever just turn away from an animal in need – I hope Rooney pulls through and finds the safe loving home he so well deserves.

  2. vicki hood says:

    Wish I were there to help Rooney. He has been through so much. I would like to keep track of his progress. We had a rescue horse that read at point 5 —1 half of one who survived for several months so it can be done. She died because she was so starved she had eaten sand before she was taken from the owner. It had not been removed. Please keep that in mind and get those rocks out. I will try to get the word out that funds are needed to help. So grateful this group for saving this baby.

  3. Cynthia Como says:

    This poor dog! Oh I hope he can pull thru! This is Kentucky THE WORSE STATE OUT OF ALL 50 STATES FOR AND KIND OF PROTECTION LAWS! They have ranked at the very bottom for the last 11 years! I will be praying hard for you Rooney! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH ARROW FUND!!!!!!

  4. Sheri says:

    Prayers sent for a speedy recovery, sweet ROONEY???? So Sorry that sub humans are no caring idiots. You are with people that do care ????

  5. Joanne says:

    Sweet Rooney, I’m praying for your speedy and complete recovery. When you are all well I hope and pray you will be placed in a loving and caring forever home where you will be loved, well cared for, protected, pampered, and live a healthy, joyful, and happy life. God bless you Rooney, and may the Angels shine their light brightly upon you. Get well soon, baby. Love, Hugs and Kisses to you, precious pup. xoxo ♥️????????????????????????????‍♀️????????????????????????????‍♂️????????????????????????????‍♂️????????????????????????????‍♀️????????????????????♥️ xoxo


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