A dog, dubbed "Athena," by her rescuers, is currently recovering from extreme neglect at the Jefferson, La., SPCA.
Athena was picked up by animal control officers last week - at that time, she was so frail that she could not walk. In fact, Athena was so emaciated that even lifting her head proved to be too much.
Athena's body was wasted; she appeared skeletal, with every bone in her body painfully evident.
The emaciated dog's very survival was in question when she was first bundled into blankets and transported to a veterinary hospital. Thankfully, the courageous dog showed that she wanted to live, and as soon as one day later, she was attempting to stand, and eat on her own.
Athena is currently spending her days at a veterinary hospital, and her nights with a medical foster. Slowly but surely, she is gaining weight and continuing to fight the devastating maladies that nearly claimed her life.
In addition to being starved, Athena has heartworms, Pyometra, parasites and she continues to recover from severe anemia.
Jacob Stroman, Programs Director for the Jefferson SPCA, stated:
Athena continues to amaze us; she is getting stronger every day and has gained more than five (5) pounds since she was brought to the Shelter.
In a statement to the National Dog News Examiner, he added:
Please share with your readers that we hope that Athena's story makes everyone more aware that this type of cruelty really does happen and the only way to prevent it is for all of to get involved when necessary. If anyone sees an animal in distress or kept in an environment that is not healthy for the animal - Please call your local animal shelter or rescue group to report it. No one should remain quiet when an animal is suffering - please speak up on their behalf.
Follow this courageous dog's fight for survival at this link to the Jefferson SPCA on Facebook.
Note: Due to the fact that this matter is currently under criminal investigation, information related to pending charges must be kept confidential. As soon as the Jefferson SPCA is cleared to share this information, they will.
If you would like to continue receiving the latest dog related news, tips and advice, please click the "Subscribe" icon which is located at the top of this column.
It is free and anonymous to sign up For updates and further discussion, follow the National Dog News Examiner on Facebook and Twitter!
I am human; if you see a typo, please let me know. Questions, comments or story ideas can be emailed to Eims1@live.com.