When a 911 call came into the Rescue Dogs Rock NYC organization early Monday morning from Manhattan’s New York City Animal Care Center, Jackie O’Sullivan was shocked and in tears. A friendly stray had been nearly strangled to death by her chain collar. The rescue organization asked the city shelter if they would release Roxie before her stray hold was over – this friendly pup needed emergency help.
Roxie was transported by Jackie, co-founder of the rescue group, from the shelter to the organization’s Brooklyn veterinarian partner where the dog has been examined, assessed and treated. It was assumed the blood coming out of the dog’s eyes was a result of the trauma she endured while the pressure built up in her neck and face area because of the near strangulation. As tragic as the images appear, Tuesday morning’s update on Roxie lends rescuers some much needed emotional comfort:
“… taking some comfort that Roxie is safe and out of harm’s way. The bad is behind her and now we focus on treatment and recovery,” Jackie posted on the organization’s Facebook. “Roxy had a nice bath (she was a mess when we picked her up) and is now on IV fluids, pain meds and antibiotics. She’s also on medications for her eyes and ears.”
Bloodwork has been completed and veterinarians are waiting for the results to determine if she will need further testing including an MRI. Roxie will need surgery on both eyes. It is suspected she previously had cherry eyes and that is what ruptured as a result of the chain that had been strangling her. The staff believe her eyesight might still be viable – it’s just too soon to know for sure.
Check out her latest video as she quietly enjoys her first bath – in a longtime. Please keep Roxie in your thoughts. To help with her medical expenses:
PayPal: firstname.lastname@example.org or website: www.rescuedogsrocknyc.org/donate/ or mail:
Rescue Dogs Rock NYC
PO Box 101
NY, NY 10028
Photos and video of dog strangled courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC
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