Less than one week ago, Liam was found hiding behind a warehouse in South Memphis. His battle scars tell his story. Based on the type of injuries and his physical condition, rescuers suspect he was a “bait” dog – a defenseless animal used to train fighting dogs. Liam’s left eye was swollen, his tail broken, gashes on his face and bite marks all over his body had taken their toll. Liam was defeated; his spirit was broken.
That night Liam was rushed to Grace Animal Hospital where he was treated for puncture wounds, infections and dehydration. In 28 years, the veterinarian at the hospital had never seen so many wounds on a surviving dog. Along with his injuries, he is heartworm positive and his white blood cell count was elevated – indicating a high infection. The Streetdog Foundation has promised to make this boy’s life one of safety and love.
Slowly Liam has been making progress. An update on the organization’s Facebook page brings optimism:
“We are seeing a slight bit of progress for Liam. His very swollen left eye seems to have opened up a bit, and he’s walking around in the yard at the vet clinic and kind of fast, too. We’re happy to celebrate small victories! He’s also got quite the appetite which we are so thankful for because his body desperately needs the nourishment. Liam will remain on his IV for several more days. He still is on pain medication and antibiotics. Our goal is to keep him comfortable so he can gain strength and continue to heal.
Today, Liam got a bath to soothe his painful skin. He definitely wasn’t a fan so we made sure to treat him to burgies.”
Comfortably settled in, volunteers continue to slowly and carefully gain the dog’s trust. No one can even imagine what he must have experienced in his short life. When he is brought out into the yard, he’s very eager to return to the safety of his bed. It can only be assumed Liam’s life was so horrendous while he lived outdoors, he already knows comfort, love and treats happen indoors – a phenomena for him he has never known in the past. And yes, his past has warranted him to be very hesitant of humans, but he is learning to trust.
What a sad testament to a dog’s life Liam came from, but what a grand gesture of compassionate hearts he can now expect and receive every new day of his life.
(Photos and video of Liam the South Memphis “bait” dog courtesy of Streetdog Foundation)
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