In Fulton County, Georgia, the photo of Opie, a neglected puppy, so emaciated and too weak to stand, had been emailed on Tuesday morning to Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. Jackie was overwhelmed with sadness, but also with an intense anger as she relayed the heartbreaking story to Pet Rescue Report.
Opie was a five-month-old puppy who never did anything to anyone, other than to have been born, yet someone hated him so much, they neglected him to near death. Weighing only ten pounds and with a body temperature not even registering on a thermometer, had it not been for the kind staff at the Fulton County Animal Shelter reaching out to Jackie and Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, no one would have ever known the sweet little dog ever lived. And for the past four days, everyone at the animal hospital tried their best; from the veterinarians to the staff who 24/7 did everything they could to save his life. Tragically Opie remained in critical condition, despite intravenous medication, nutrition and plasma transfusions.
“We really thought he would turn a corner and get a little stronger every day, but unfortunately he pretty much remained in this weakened state,” stated Jackie. “Every possible test was conducted by our medical team to decipher if there were any underlying issues causing Opie’s weakness other than being emaciated. Each test performed was inconclusive for any abnormalities.”
Early Saturday afternoon, Opie quietly passed away. It is suspected the puppy had just been so neglected before he was rescued and the damage had been too extensive for his tiny body to overcome.
“If only we found him sooner; we would have done anything for him, – anything to keep him alive,” Jackie posted on Facebook as she sadly updated the rescue’s supporters. “We are saddened, we are defeated and we are angry. Opie’s life mattered, and he will never be forgotten.”
Rest in peace Opie. We are saddened that humans let you down. You were just a puppy with an entire life meant for you to enjoy.
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