In rural South Texas where dogs often run loose, a frantic plea went out from an animal advocate and local rescuer, Leslie Ysuhuaylas for help. While the dog’s owners went away for the weekend, they left their spaniel named Arcadia outdoors to fend for herself. Suddenly, the young dog’s future was caught in a desperate life or death situation when she suffered a terrible accident:
“Dog was hit by a car three hours ago,” stated Leslie on her Facebook page on Friday afternoon after being notified by a frantic witness. “Finder has been waiting with the dog for help to arrive! Her eye is popping out and ripped in half, ribs crushed and her leg is dislocated! These are the only visible damages. People were suggesting to shoot her to put her out of misery, but she needs a chance if she can get to the vet! The only vet open right now is two hours away…”
Without a second thought the young dog’s owners had driven away. Sadly, the dog wandered out into the highway and was struck by an automobile. The witness described the disturbing event:
“Arcadia went flying into the air about five feet after the hit and landed on the ground unable to move with her eye popping out.
For three hours Arcadia waited for help, and finally we were able to move her to the emergency vet in the middle of the night, whereby she was stabilized as she was in shock. X-rays were taken which showed that Arcadia had a broken pelvis and her eye was obviously out of its socket.”
Had it not been for Leslie and all the animal supporters and advocates calling in donations and offers to help, Arcadia never would have stood a chance. That night the dog was transported to an emergency veterinarian in McAllen; surgery to remove her eye was performed the next day. Still in shock, Arcadia was kept comfortable on pain medication awaiting more tests.
Without any hesitation, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC stepped up to help. Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of the organization, stated in addition to the surgery performed to remove her eye, her broken pelvis will need to be repaired with a possible complicated orthopedic surgery. Arcadia is now scheduled to be transported to New York City where she will be evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon.
Maybe Arcadia had been trying to follow her family when they left her behind? Her owners never came forward even though notices were left at the owners’ home and people knocked on their door to let them know what had happened to their puppy. They just didn’t care, however plans had already been made behind the scenes just in case the irresponsible owners wanted the dog returned. Arcadia is now officially in the custody of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.
To donate to her medical care, nate to her medical care, go to http://rescuedogsrocknyc.org/donate or Paypal Donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org
(Photos of dog in accident after left to fend for herself courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC and Leslie Ysuhuaylas)
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