Fighting to live: Emaciated Willow discovered under New Orleans house

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On Sunday, an emaciated pit bull now named Willow was discovered under a New Orleans house by the St. Landry Parish Animal Control & Rescue. Willow was dying.

Moments after Willow was rescued, the shelter notified Villalobos Rescue Center(VRC) asking for emergency help as the dog’s body temperature had been dropping, and she had “begun to get cold.” And as Tia Torres, the founder of  VCR, packed up to leave her house and pick up Willow to rush her to the emergency vet, there just wasn’t time.

“As I was getting ready to leave my house, to go and get the dog now named “Willow” and rush her to the  emergency vet, Stacey[ from St. Landry Parish Animal Control] told me that there was no way this little dog could wait, and Stacey decided to make the very long drive from north of Baton Rouge all the way to the New Orleans area where our emergency vet was located,” posted Tia on the organization’s social media page Sunday afternoon.

Poor Willow weighs just 26 pounds – half of what a dog her breed and with her bone structure should weigh. She arrived at the vet and is now receiving the best of care.

“And once again, lots of love and support for Stacey from St. Landry Parish Animal Control & Rescue for making that long drive after a very emotional day. And to all of you who do this ‘rescue thing’ on a daily basis … you are all true warriors. Together we will make a difference … even if it is just one dog at a time.”

Please note the vet will need to get approval to have payments phoned in directly to them so for now if you would like to help with Willow’s recovery, you can donate directly to Paypal link here:

Updates to follow.

Read the latest animal related news on the National Pet Rescue Facebook page.


Just a ridiculously cute puppy…

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