This was posted by Speranza Animal Rescue in Pennsylvania on July 4th:
Driving back from the Emergency vet in Lancaster. I can barely type through my tears.
A few hours ago I was sent a picture of a puppy. Left for dead. Emaciated. Dehydrated. And clinging to life. I told the woman who contacted me to take him to the vet. Which she did.
The doctor called me as I was almost there. And she said it doesn’t look good. He is in and out of consciousness. Barely breathing… in all her years he is one of the worst cases she’s ever seen.
She assumed I wanted to let him go. To have him euthanized, and when I said do whatever you need to do for him to have a chance, she had a surprised tone in her voice. And she said ok.
After arriving, I was taken back to a room. I could smell his rotting infected flesh before I could even see his tiny head stick out of the blanket… a lump in my throat. And my vision blurred due to the tears.
The doctor says his chances are slim… very slim. Her exact words were “he needs a miracle.”
At seven weeks old he has only ever experienced horror, and neglect. And the only thing I want is for him to know that life can be good. It can be full of love. And affection.
I’m asking. And begging, please, please say a prayer for this angel tonight… pray that he can fight. Fight another day.
You are so loved already. Welcome to the family, Libre ❤
He DID make it through the night. The emergency clinic wants me to pick him up in a few hours and transfer him to my vet. He tested positive for demodectic mange. He has severe secondary skin infections. Puss and blood is just oozing from his body. They even discovered maggots in his sores.
He is still in critical condition and we are taking it minute by minute. But he’s alive.
If you are able to donate towards his vet care we can really use the support.
UPDATE from Dillsburg Veterinary Care:
he is resting now after consuming 12 mL of liquified food. He is getting a lot of love and great medical care. A lot of people are asking us how they can help out with his care. You can call our office directly at 717-432-7031 and donate to his medical account or you go through Speranza Animal Rescue at http://www.speranzarescue.org/donate.
Thank you for all your well wishes and continued prayers as he is still in very critical condition. And unfortunately, yes this is a very bad case of animal abuse/neglect but our focus is on the well-being of this little puppy and to give him the love and medical attention he needs.