Do you remember Harley, the adorable little terrier pulled from a high-kill shelter on Thursday, who was paralyzed and dragged his hind quarters even though he wouldn’t let his physical disabilities interfere with his zest for life? His advocate at the shelter took him home with her after he arrived, because she knew if she left him over night, she would never see him again… Sadly, dogs that enter the shelter with injuries are the first to be euthanized. And then Rescue Dogs Rock NYC was contacted, and co-founder Stacey Silverstein coordinated rescue efforts to transfer Harley to South Texas Veterinarian Specialists.
On Friday, Harley underwent surgery for two bulging discs diagnosed after an MRI was completed. It was the two-year-old dog’s only chance to recover feeling in his hind quarters as well as regaining the use of his bladder functions; his chances for a complete recovery were estimated to be 50/50. The pup spent the weekend resting comfortably at the Specialty Hospital in San Antonio.
Stacey Silverstein, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, updated advocates late Monday afternoon on the organization’s Facebook page. Although the news isn’t what everyone was hoping to hear, he still has his energy and lots of love to share with anyone who stops by his kennel bed:
“Unfortunately, Harley still has no pain sensation in his back legs. It is now going to be a ‘wait and see’ whether he gets feeling back in his back legs and whether he will ever walk again. The surgeon states it could take a week or a month or never; we just don’t know … Our primary vet will continue to move and rotate the back legs and keep them active and moving. Harley still needs his bladder expressed a few times a day.”
Sometimes a lot of optimism is hard to muster up.
“All we can say is we tried everything possible to give Harley the best result,” stated Stacey.
And through it all, Harley remains happy and exceptionally sweet. If you would like to help with this little guy’s continuing medical expenses, please click here or PayPal Donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.
Read Harley’s original story here.
Photos and video of paralyzed Harley courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC
Original video of the paralyzed pup before surgery here: