A homeless dog in Houston, now named Nemmy, suffering with a leash embedded in her torso was captured today and is finally receiving much needed vet care. Local rescuers became aware of Nemmy yesterday and photographed the elusive dog while feeding her. A cry for help was posted on Facebook here and within hours she had a volunteer foster, a rescue group, a few donations for vetting, many prayers, well wishes and trappers on the way to get her to safety.
The leash had been tied around her torso and has become embedded and infected. Flies can be seen swarming on her in one of the photos. Neighborhood witnesses report seeing this poor girl in this condition for at least a year and that previous attempts to capture her failed, even by animal control.
Friends For Life Animal Rescue and Adoption Organization has accepted Nemmy into their group. Donations can be made for her medical care on their website here, please specify for Nemmy. Check for updates about her on their Facebook page here.
Friends For Life posted this update today, “Nemeth has a leash/belt embedded around her torso which was obviously tied by a human. We don't know who did this to Nemmy, as she is a stray that has eluded previous captures, even by animal control. Kim Rowe discovered her and with the help of neighboring residents, has been able to identify her usual location and find out that the belt has been on her for over a year and infection has set in with flies swarming the infection site.
This afternoon she was trapped, enrolled in the Friends For Life program and taken to a vet. We are unsure what internal damage to her organs has occurred. In the morning, Nemmy will have surgery. The cost of her medical needs are not yet know. If you'd like to contribute to the care of Nemmy and animals like her, please do so here:
A foster is already secured for Nemmy but a forever home would be even better. If you are interested in providing a loving home, which this animal did not have in the past, email firstname.lastname@example.org.”
UPDATE 10-9-13: Wednesday Update: Nemmy is out of surgery and doing well. The nylon leash that was tightly tied under her belly has been surgically removed. The leash did not cut all the way through to her organs. The blood panel shows that her organs are functioning well, urine is clear, and she is a little anemic. No xrays are planned b/c the organs seem to be OK, though the leash caused her organs to be pushed to one side or the other. Surprisingly she didn't have any maggots in the wound. She will require more surgery after this one, as some areas are being stitched up, but some cannot be stitched yet because there is so much dead tissue that has to slough off first before they can close it up more. She appears to have had puppies at some point in her life. She has heartworms and tapeworms. She is estimated to be 3-5 years old; her teeth look good. The vet is not going to wrap her belly, as she has already been through enough. She will have to wear an E-collar (cone of shame) to prevent her from trying to chew her stitches. She never really growled at all through all of this, and the vet thinks she is going to make someone an awesome dog once she is well and healed. She can go home to her foster home this evening!
Much thanks to Dr. Mark Gasaway and his staff of angels at Yale Vet Clinic, 1610 Yale Street in the Heights for helping to save Nemmy's life! If you would like to donate to Nemmy and other dogs like her, please make online donations via the Friends for Life Animal Rescue and Adoption Center website: http://www.facebook.com/l/3AQFgwL3KAQFsDOC7pc6YQiQPNFpKM93JgMEAjAANQsb0Z... If you would like to adopt Nemmy and give her the pampered life she deserves, please email the Friends for Life Adoptions Manager at: email@example.com
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