Recently, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, a volunteer, and foster based rescue organization in New York received an urgent plea from a rural South Carolina shelter. The shelter needed desperate help for a stray emaciated, eight-month-old puppy. The shelter described the dog as in “generally poor condition” and unable to put any weight on her hind leg. Rescue Dog Rock NYC was unclear on the extent of the dog’s injuries, thinking that the dog had a broken leg.
Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, thought that a veterinarian would be able to cast the dog’s legs and the dog, now named Mindy, would be able to move on with her life. But that was not the case.
“Of course we said yes and when Mindy got to our SC vet, the horrifying discovery was made that she’d actually been SHOT. You can see the bullet fragments that shattered her femur. And you can see tissue hanging out of the open wound. There are no words to describe the rage this makes us feel. This sweet, innocent 25-pound puppy starved and shot! It’s truly sickening and makes us wonder what has happened to the human race,” Jackie wrote on Rescue Dogs Rocks NYC Facebook page.
Mindy never stopped wagging her tail and giving kisses to everyone who crossed her path, even though she was in unimaginable pain. We truly don’t understand how anyone could hurt an innocent animal.
Mindy’s leg swelled to twice its natural size and was filled with pus. With no other choice, Mindy underwent emergency surgery to have the leg removed.
Now after surgery, Mindy is reportedly resting quietly while she receives a transfusion. Her prognosis is extremely guarded but encouraging at this time; her body temperature remains low and her blood count is slowly rising.
As you can imagine, Mindy’s medical bills are piling up. If you are able to donate to Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, click here. Even the smallest of donations can go a long way. We will be rooting for you, Mindy!
To learn more about the life-saving work Rescue Dogs Rock NYC does on behalf of our furry friends, visit their website.
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