Had it not been for the extraordinary efforts of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC late last week, Rupert’s story would never have been told; the one-year-old emaciated puppy – too weak to stand or barely lift his head had to be rushed to the organization’s specialty veterinarian hospital for emergency life-saving treatment. Just five days later, Rupert remains at the hospital, and although he is still in need of around the clock care and monitoring, the veterinarians and staff remain moderately optimistic.
On Tuesday morning, Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock updated the puppy’s condition on the organization’s Facebook page:
“…he’s able to stand for short periods with some support. He’s gone from 23 to 24.5lbs which is not a lot, but yesterday’s abdominal ultrasound ruled out any major issues. He remains anemic, EPI & other possible GI issues have been ruled out, but the medical team believes he has a bleed somewhere in there. Rupert was also full of parasites which he’s being treated for. The last concerning thing is that he has a nodule on one of his lungs. They are hoping the nodule is infection related, but of course worst case, it could be cancer.”
Six-months ago, Rupert had been adopted by a family from the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS). The energetic and healthy six-month-old puppy happily frolicked into his new owners’ arms – positive his young life would be one of love. Sadly, that was all too short-lived. Late last week, Rupert was returned to BARCS as a skeleton; he could not stand or walk and was close to death. An animal cruelty investigation was initiated. According to the adopter, their puppy would eat, but he just didn’t gain weight. When adopted, Rupert weighed 33 pounds; when brought back to the shelter, the emaciated puppy weighed 22 pounds.
To help this dog, donations can be made to PayPal: Donate@rescuedogsrocknyc.org or www.rescuedogsrocknyc.org/donate/ or mail: RDR NYC PO BOX 101 NY NY 10028.
Follow the National Pet Rescue on Facebook. (Photos and video of Rupert courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)
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Latest video of Rupert trying so hard to walk again. Feel better little guy.