The question still remains how anyone could have turned their back and just leave a dog in an apartment with no food or water? When Baltimore Animal Care and Rescue Shelter (BARCS) reached out to Rescue Dogs Rock NYC on April 8, it was to help with a young dog, dubbed Boden, left alone who nearly starved to death in the abandoned apartment.
Four-year-old Boden, never made it to the shelter, as BARCS personnel transported him directly to their emergency veterinarian. He could neither stand nor walk. At the time when he was found, no one knew how long Boden had been deprived of water and food. His body score condition had been recorded as a “1” on a “9” point scale.
“We cried when we read the report,” Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC stated. “Boden has oral lesions and paresis (weakness of voluntary movement caused by nerve damage or disease, partial paralysis). “Due to his body temperature and his condition, his chart reads, ‘prognosis poor.’”
And what a difference a few days have made with the best of help from a staff who have been determined to help a beautiful dog in distress. On Monday, Jackie updated Boden’s condition to followers on the organization’s Facebook page. The news was hopeful:
“Boden is the sweetest dog on the planet. At a measly 26 pounds he is so lucky to be alive! His prognosis has gone from poor on Friday to “hopeful” today. He’s eating and on IV fluids. His liver values are concerning, but his blood will be continuously monitored to make sure we are doing everything possible to get him healthy again.”
Since being moved to New York City, Jackie and her young son were able to meet Boden on Monday, and did convey to Pet Rescue Report, even though the lovable pooch tried his best to stand and walk, he just isn’t strong enough, but did manage to crawl onto Jackie and Jack’s lap for rubs and kisses.
“How is he so sweet, so forgiving, so full of love, we have no idea, but it’s one of the reasons we fight so hard for these dogs-their never ending capacity to love and forgive,” Jackie stated. “We can’t change Boden’s past, but we can and will promise him an amazing future; the future he deserves!”
To help with Boden’s veterinarian expenses via PayPal: Donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org or www.rescuedogsrocknyc.org/donate/ or mail: RDR NYC PO BOX 101 NY NY 10028.
(Photos and video of Boden courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)
Check out Boden’s short video here: