An emergency plea went out in Houston earlier in the week when an animal advocate spotted a dog in dire need of help; his head swollen to at least twice its normal size and wandering the neighborhood scavenging for food and relief from his pain.
On her social media page, Laura Jean cried out for help:
“SOS!!! Dead dog walking he wouldn’t come to me and I was only pushing him into traffic. Thanks to all the cars who didn’t stop who could’ve helped me get him to safety. He was last seen going into an apartment complex and I gave my info to some residents. One said he is usually around but in the back. I was unable to find him. If anyone can dedicate some time to look for him, please let me know
This dog will need foster, rescue and lots of pledges if he is found again. Southeast Houston – 77048.”
Posted by Laura Jean on Wednesday, August 29, 2018
And within moments rescuers volunteered. No one knew how long the dog, now dubbed Gus, had been wandering in the area; no one knew if he even had a family somewhere looking for him, but less than one day later, as compassionate rescuers searched the area, Gus was spotted in the back of a nearby apartment complex. A trap was set up and then Gus was saved.
Houston K-911 Rescue rushed Gus to the Vergi 24/7 Veterinary Hospital where staff stated it was one of the worst cases of neglect and cruelty they have ever seen. On Wednesday night, Gus was able to sleep with little or no pain. He has been placed on intravenous for hydration with heavy pain medications and a rigorous course of antibiotics.
“After Gus is stabilized, he will be sedated and the wound will be cleaned and examined for the extent of the damage. They tell us this will likely happen early morning. The vet has serious concerns about trachea damage and other tissues or organs. Blood work has been ordered and we are hoping for good results.”
Gus’ rescue story is just beginning; we hope it ends happily. This dog has a long road to recovery. To help with his medical care, donations can be called into the hospital at 713.932.9589 or donate at houston911rescue.org/donate.
More news and updates on National Pet Rescue here.
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