A 50 pound dog was found less than one week ago on Parkside Boulevard near Door Street in Lucas County, Ohio on Monday with a coated wire tie wrapped around her neck.
According to the Toledo Blade, the abandoned dog's head was severely swollen because the makeshift wire collar was embedded five inches into the dog's neck making it impossible for her lymph nodes to drain.
No one knows anything about the dog now named Princess P by her rescuers, but Lucas County Dog Warden Julie Lyle states the dog is already responding to the kind affection and attention she has been receiving.
When Princess P was first found, Julie had her doubts that the dog would even survive such an egregious injury, but working with Ohio University to treat the dog's three inch wide wound has so far been successful.
Authorities speculate Princess P may be a Shar Pei mix or even a border collie, but not until the swelling of her head resumes a more normal appearance will anyone really be guessing the five-year-old dog's breed.
There are no leads as to the identity of her former owner.
The Lucas County Dog Warden Facebook page has been posting regular updates. On Sunday, Princess P's rescuers stated:
"We are treating her medically in consultation with OSU and she is progressing well, but her healing is expected to take many months. She has been with us just under a week, so is doing remarkably well for the condition she was in when we got her. Princess P is up and around and even getting a little playful with people she knows. She is nervous around new people and situations, but that is to be expected at this point. She's eating well, resting comfortably and really enjoys the blankets and canned food that some of her supporters have been bringing in.
Because of her open wound we have to change her bedding frequently so still have a big need for easily washable comfortable bedding. As she feels better, Princess P is becoming a big eater, so good quality canned food is quickly disappearing from our shelves. If you could help us restock for her, that would be greatly appreciated."
The dog's medical expenses have already exceeded $1,800, and thanks to Cutie's Fund, Princess P and other dogs in dire need have been helped. Named after a chihuahua who was brought in with a puppy stuck in the birth canal, tests revealed the other two puppies in her womb had died sometime during the previous week. Lifesaving surgery saved the chihuahuas life, and she is now doing well in a wonderful home.
Please consider donating to Cutie's Fund and help more dogs just like Princess P have a second chance at life.
Princess P will eventually be available for adoption, but right now dog lovers are encouraged to adopt any of the other 70 beautiful dogs of all ages, sizes, and shapes looking for their "furrever" homes. Do it in honor of Princess P and help two dogs; one to adopt and another one who is just waiting to be rescued somewhere.
Get well soon Princess P. Everyone is rooting for you!
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