In Tulsa, Oklahoma, an animal rescue organization has promised to help a stray dog with metal duct work stuck around his neck. The Rescued N’Ready Animal Foundation volunteers were finally able to catch the dog on Wednesday roaming in the north Tulsa area after he had eluded both the Tulsa Animal Control and concerned area residents for months.
According to the rescue organization’s Facebook, the metal duct may have been part of a dryer. The dog, now dubbed Marvel is in critical condition, but veterinarians were successful removing the metal tubing:
“The tubing has cut into both ends of his neck and head. While he is safe for now, we are not sure he will pull through. He is severely anemic, may need a blood transfusion, is ehrlichia positive (tick disease) and is very skinny. No telling how he has been eating. This poor dog is in horrific shape, but he is a survivor. He spent this entire past week of frigid temperatures outside, and he is still alive. The smell that is coming from him due to the infection is nearly unbearable. With lots of prayers and great medical care, he stands a chance…”
As graphic and as disturbing as the photos appear, Marvel seems to have an incredible will to live. His latest update includes optimistic news:
UPDATE 1/5/18 6:28 AM – Marvel made it through the night. AEC staff were able to get him up and around, and he ate for them too! So far, so good. Naturally, he is very leary (sic) of people and leashing him safely and comfortably is quite foreign to him. We will stay a steady course with him and update you all this evening. Keep the prayers coming and thank you everyone for your continued support.
Questions on social media continue to bring up the length of time Marvel had been walking around in this condition, and why if animal control had been unsuccessful trying to capture a dog in extreme pain and distress, why didn’t they reach out to the rescue organizations for help?
“Rescued ‘n Ready Animal Foundation But why didn’t animal control reach out to the MANY animal rescue folks in our community for assistance? Why let an animal continue to suffer? We would have helped and we know of at least 6 other groups, off the top, that would have helped too. We have to work together to save lives. It’s not about egos, its about stopping the suffering.”
A GoFundMe has been set up for Marvel’s veterinary care. You can mail a check to RnRAF, PO Box 700062, Tulsa, OK 74170-0062 or use PayPal on our website.
(Photos of Marvel with metal duct work around his neck Facebook Rescued ‘n Ready Animal Foundation)
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