Late last week, a severely injured, emaciated hound was dropped at a county pound in Carthage, Ill.
Initially, it appeared that someone had callously dropped the dog after allowing injuries to be left untreated, but later, it was discovered that two hunters had found the dog and opted to pick him up and get him somewhere safe.
Prior to rescuing the dog, the men had witnessed coyotes tailing the wounded canine. It appeared that the coyotes were hoping to finish him off...
Fortunately, the dog was found in time, but he was in pitiful condition by the time that he was taken to the pound. Animal control officers reached out to a local rescuer for assistance upon seeing the hound's dire state of health.
Anissa Sadeghi, with West Hancock Canine Rescue, answered the call for help, and after she saw the dog's condition first hand, she whisked him to an emergency veterinarian for care.
Sadeghi and the veterinarian were shocked when they examined the dog - it appeared that he had been attacked by a coyote and his wounds were left untreated for days.
By the time that he was seen, he was fighting a raging infection, in shock and had a temperature of 104 degrees.
The veterinarian asked Sadeghi what should be done and she opted to fight for the dog's life.
By Friday afternoon, the ailing dog was making progress.
As of late this afternoon his temp is down to 101.7, his condition has stabilized. Still not completely out of the woods but hopefully got him vet care just in time for his best chance to survive this horrible infection.
He was up and walking around when I got to the clinic, still very weak but holding his own. Getting iv fluids, iv antibiotics, oral antibiotic, pain meds and special diet fed to him in small meals through out the day.
Today, the hound remains hospitalized and he is not out of the woods, but he has a fighting chance.
Anyone who is interesting in helping him receive all of the veterinary care that he needs to recover can make a donation:
Carthage Vet Clinic 34 Main St. Carthage, IL 62321 8am-5pm
Or: PayPal - email@example.com
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