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Villalobos Rescue Center tackles worst case of neglect in a dog ever seen

Rex is a walking skeleton; he is a dog who by anyone's standards shouldn't even be alive, as badly starved and neglected as he was and seized on Monday from an egregious situation, according to Tia Maria Torres, founder of the Villalobos Rescue Center in New Orleans.

Rex was seized just in time. His suffering must have been unimaginable. Villalobos Rescue Center

Lucky for this little starved dog, whose prison was the heavy chain wrapped around his neck, had not been given food or water for what experts agree may have been weeks. The Good Samaritan who found him, gave the little tan American pit bull terrier his first drink of fresh water and some food.

Without the help of Ascension Parish Sheriff's Department and the Ascension Parish Animal Shelter seizing Rex, it is likely the dog would not have lived for another day. There is virtually no muscle strength left in his back legs; it has not been determined yet if Rex suffered an injury or his weakness in standing and moving is due to starvation.

Posted on the organization's Facebook page Wednesday morning were the heartbreaking words:

"We are beyond saddened by this. This is absolutely the worst abuse case we have EVER seen in all of our 20 plus years of being in rescue."

The good news is that Rex is currently in the care of Cypress Lake Animal Hospital where his open sores, starvation and other medical issues will be evaluated, diagnosed and treated. His prognosis has not yet been determined, but he has also tested heartworm positive. Rex has a long road to recovery.

Authorities are working together to bring animal cruelty charges to the dog's owner, and it is hoped the culprit will be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

Villalobos Rescue Center operates on the kind donations of the public. Please click here if you would like to help.

If you would like to help Rex, donations can be sent directly to Cypress Lake Animal Hospital, 38316 H'way 929, Prairieville, LA 70769. (Phone 225.313.3057). Please make sure to notate the funds are for Rex.

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