On Wednesday, a badly battered dog was discovered in River Rouge, Mich.
The dog, since dubbed "Tiny Tim," was picked up and taken to the Emergency Veterinary Hospital in Ann Arbor where the full extent of his maladies were assessed.
Tiny Tim, estimated to be less than a year of age, was emaciated and covered with infected bite wounds, with the majority of the injuries concentrated around his head and ears.
Judging by the pup's body, he was on the receiving end of a horrible dog attack; whether or not it was an intentional act (bait dog has been suggested), or a random attack on a defenseless, peaceful pup, is unknown.
The rescue agency, Providing for Paws, has taken responsibility for the injured dog; the following information was shared by Providing Paws about his condition:
Initial blood work shows Tiny Tim to be very anemic, white blood count elevated because of the infection.
Both of those were to be expected with the blood loss from his wounds, as well as infection. However, his liver is showing some higher levels then they should and our veterinarian is concerned he may have Lepto.
He has numerous bite wounds, his ears being the worst, with one being torn so badly the cartilage is exposed. He will have to be more stable to before they can do surgery for the ears.
Tiny Tim's condition was so poor when he arrived to the veterinary hospital that it is believed he would not have survived another night on his own.
The following update was provided on Thursday morning:
Tiny Tim did well over night and is in stable condition. He did eat a little bit of food this morning, which is a good sign, since he was not eating yesterday. They did not put him under anesthesia last night or this morning, they did not feel he was ready for that yet. However, if he continues to do well today, they will anesthetize him and do a wound evaluation later this evening.
Follow Tiny Tim's progress at this link to Providing for Paws on Facebook.
Individuals interested in contributing to this beleaguered pup's veterinary expenses can do so here.
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