SECOND UPDATE: Tess has been diagnosed with neurological damage and as of a few days ago, was still unable to walk. On Tuesday, however Tess was transported to a medical facility in Holly Springs where vets stated she is eating and drinking well and actually took a few steps today. The vet, Dr. Blackmer, said Tess has a "wicked" determination--as in GOOD.
If you would like to help with Tess' long road to recovery, please
Donations can be sent to address below or via Paypal to
Jesse's Place Rescue Inc
66 Timberidge Dr
Lake Wylie SC 29710
UPDATE: Monday morning update from Gaston County NC: Available Pets in Animal Control:
"6-2-14, 11 am UPDATE: "Tess" is at the vet getting a full workup--bloodwork, xrays, etc. She is in very bad shape, and seems to be quite elderly. Please honor pledges to Jesse's Place, a 501c3 rescue, paypal firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that your donation is for TESS/Gaston 2282. Thank you!"
There have been multiple offers to adopt this dog. Please keep in mind there are many other dogs who are in desperate need of rescue. Please allow this writer to share the following from the volunteers who want each and every cat and dog to have a home and get as much attention as Tess:
"We the admins of this page appreciate the good efforts and intentions of all of you, but we don't mind saying it pains us to know there are 150 other animals (DOUBLE what the population should be) at Gaston who aren't getting any attention compared to this. We don't want you to forget this girl, but it would be great if each of you could help us network one of the others as well. Simply scroll back and forth in this album. There are other senior dogs (2058, 2059, 2136, 2241), there are other black labby dogs (2014, 2059, 2075, 2077, 2241), and there are the dogs and cats that we know are up for sure euth (dogs: 1927 2014 2049 2058-2059 2075 2077 2107 and cats: 2057c 2060c 2061c 2066c 2068c 2069c 2082c)."
She has no name; she was picked up as a stray with a dislocated hip in poor condition. The gentle, black Labrador mixed breed lies quietly on her mat at the Gaston County Animal Control, N.C. She appears to have emotionally just given up.
Veterinarians reset her hip and have given her pain medication to help her with her temporary discomfort, but a senior dog estimated to be over seven years old, no matter how sweet she is, has very few chances of leaving the shelter alive.
Here are Id#2282 statistics as listed by Animal Control. Saddest of all, please note her date to be euthanized is also listed:
Breed LAB X Color BLACK
Cage # ISO15 Age 7YRS+/- Adopt/Rescue/ Euthanasia Date 06/02/2014
RESCUE GROUP Admitted Date 05/27/2014
NEW HOPE RD, GASTONIA
Poor Body Score
Animal advocates have now pledged over $200 to help a qualified rescue organization pull her out of the shelter. A Facebook page continues to post her heartbreaking plight.
Every dog deserves to have compassionate care. Please share this dog's story with your friends, family, and coworkers. Sharing does save lives, and sadly this dog's life hangs on the edge because someone just didn't care.
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