Four-month-old puppy suffered hernia in diaphragm after being kicked

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In a disturbing animal cruelty and neglect case from Union, South Carolina, a four-month-old puppy suffered a diaphragmatic hernia after his owners are alleged to have kicked him in the chest. For three days, the puppy, named Maddox, hid under the house – suffering in pain in the extreme heat, and so very frightened.

Rescue Dogs Rock NYC rescued the severely injured puppy on Saturday and rushed him to their partner veterinary hospital where Maddox was given emergency life-saving treatment.


Maddox was placed in an oxygen chamber to ease his labored breathing; he underwent surgery on Saturday.

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Fortunately the puppy survived the very complicated surgery.

“… The trauma (most likely kicked HARD) caused his kidney to go up into his chest cavity which collapsed his lung & made him oxygen dependent to breathe. He did well during the procedure & they were able to put his kidney back where it belongs & inflate his lung. He spent last night in the oxygen chamber & is resting comfortably. He will remain hospitalized for a while to make sure all continues to go well,” Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC posted on the organization’s Facebook page to update their supporters.

Donations are needed to continue rescuing the most severe cases of cruelty and neglect. They can’t keep saying yes unless they can cover the vet bills. The medical expenses just for this puppy runs between $5,000 to $7,000. or
or checks to:
Rescue Dogs Rock NYC
PO Box 101
New York, NY 10028

Venmo @rescuedogsrockny

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