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Shocking Case of Neglect to 3 Yr-Old
German Shepherd Named Courage,
Who Is Now Fighting for His Life!!!
Courage, near death: He is so weak, he can't use his muscles ~
German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County
Shock, horror, disbelief, and resounding dismay over the condition of a 3 yr-old German shepherd recently named Courage. . . .
On April 7, the German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County received an urgent call from a good samaritan who had secured a 3 yr-old German shepherd from a neglectful situation. Neglectful does not even begin to describe the horrifying condition of this dog. . . .
Courage was chained in a back yard - completely and utterly forgotten by his owners. Judging by his horrific condition, the vet staff that is treating Courage estimates that the 37 lb dog had been without food OR water for 5 to 6 long, torturous weeks. . . .
Mind you, 37 lbs on a 3 yr-old male German shepherd who should weigh in between 75-80 lbs. He is literally skin and bones. His fat depleted, his muscles wasted, his body nearly dysfunctional as a result of the starvation. . . .
When the good samaritan first saw Courage, he was lying flat on the ground, eyes open, barely breathing, and looking lifeless. The only sound from Courage? An eerie whine signifying his pain and misery. So weak was Courage that the woman who rescued him did not think that the dog would live long enough to make it to the emergency vet clinic. . . .
Defying odds and a testament to this dogs amazing courage and will to live, Courage did make it to the clinic. The team of doctors immediately gave Courage fluids and plasma and took x-rays that revealed a GI tract impacted with fecal matter that had failed to leave his body when his system had shut down. . . .
With the aid of morphine for the pain, the doctors were able to flush the waste from Courage's body - it was at this time that they discovered that the impacted material was soil - Courage had literally been sustaining himself on dirt. . . .
Courage is currently on a special intestinal diet and thus far, has managed to keep his foods down. According to a rescue volunteer that I spoke with today, his prognosis is guarded. Though responding well to his treatment so far, he has a long, precarious road ahead. . . .
Courage has lost so much muscle that he is unable to hold his head up without assistance. He is unable to stand, so he receives massages to help stimulate his circulation. It is too soon to know if the weeks without food and water took a toll on his kidneys or heart. . . .
But in the meantime, this amazing dog is doing his best to beat the odds with the help of some supportive, caring individuals who are cheering him on. Courage is in a public area of the vet clinic that he is being treated at. Volunteers are able to sit with him, pet him, and let him know that for the first time in his life, he is loved and cared for. . . .
The German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County is willing to do what it takes to get Courage the care that he needs. After the misery that this dog has endured, how could they possibly do anything less? . . .
However, his medical expenses are going to be high - expenses hitting a rescue that was just slammed by high veterinary expenses incurred from treating 2 puppies who had Parvo. . . .
Individuals who have been touched by Courage's story are encouraged to make a donation to the German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County . . . Donations can be directly at the rescue's website via PayPal and are tax deductible (the rescue is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization). . . .
Courage has lived through unimaginable circumstances and his will to survive is inspiring. Please circulate this article and help the rescue who has stepped up to assist Courage on his road to recovery. . . . If you have one dollar to donate, or if you have $100.00 to donate, please do so. It is time that this dog was touched by the kindness of others. . . .
Of special note on this story - so many people have expressed utter dismay that a dog could be chained and forgotten; especially to the extent that Courage was. Almost any other situation would have been preferable to what his owners put him through - he was a prisoner with no chance for survival. . . .
If you are ever in a situation where you can not care for your pet, take him or her to a shelter. Even if you are concerned that he/she might be euthanized, it is a better alternative than dying a slow, miserable death on the end of a chain. . . .
If you are a friend, neighbor or co-worker to anyone that you suspect (or know) to be neglecting or abusing their dog (or other pet), please report them as soon as possible. It is shocking that no one stepped up to help Courage before he reached the dismal physical condition that he was found in. . . .
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Courage's story is mind-boggling, to say the least. Everyone who loves dogs should see it. If you are able to contribute to Courage's recovery, please do. He has faced one of the worst forms of cruelty. . . .
To the good samaritan that secured Courage and brought him to the emergency vet clinic, thank you. To the rescue that is currently sponsoring his care and offering him emotional support and love - you are amazing. . . .
Examiner Note: I was told that the people who did this to Courage released him to the good samaritan on the condition that their identity would not be revealed. At the time, the individual agreed to the stipulation because it was in the best interest of the dog. The rescue does not know who did this to Courage. May they never own another living being. . . .
Please help give Courage some hope!
This is our vet holding up Courage's head
I Need A Hero. SPECIAL UPDATE! . . .
We received a call from a kind citizen who had seized a dog from an abusive situation. The citizen told us a story that we couldn't believe:
A three-year-old German Shepherd was tied up on a chain in a back yard without food or water. He was prone in the back yard whimpering...he could not rise or raise his head. He had not eaten in weeks and weeks...he could not escape to find water because he was chained. . . .
We have named this valiant boy Courage. He has already undergone extensive emergency treatment including blood and plasma transfusions, a complete GI flush, antibiotics, fluids...all to help save his life. His entire intestinal tract was full of DIRT---he had been eating DIRT to try to survive. At the time of his rescue, this adult shepherd weighed 37 pounds. He is currently bones and skin. Our vet confirmed that he would not have lived one more day without intervention. He just arrived 4/7 so we will provide more info as soon as possible. We are desperate for donations to help save his life. Please help. We are all in shock right now and will update soon. . . . .
4/10/10 Update -- Courage is defying the odds and responding very quickly to treatment and care. He is eating special intestinal diet dog food and keeping it down! Volunteers have been sitting with him, stroking him, and telling him what a wonderful boy he is. He went home for the night with an ER Vet Tech so that he could have round-the-clock care. He still can't stand, nor do we want him to until he has more strength. Right now, there is no muscle to support his bones, so he would fall an injure himself if allowed to get up. We are deeply grateful for the support and strength that we are receiving on his behalf. . . .
4/11/10 Update -- Courage will spend his days at the ER clinic (but no longer on IVs) just being monitored, fed often, and kept comfortable on his heap of pillows. At night, he goes home with an ER vet tech, who feeds him his small meals round the clock. He is making impressive improvement already....he has gained 4 pounds on his special diet. We are astonished at how sweet and forgiving he is. It looks good for him to recover but long-term effects are yet to be determined. . . .
4/12/10 Update - Continued improvement today with him starting to want to get up! His care givers say that he wants to eat everything in sight...bowls, blankets, etc. but he has to be fed small portions at regular intervals to protect his weak system. Everyone thinks it's a miracle that he is doing as well as he is after such a short time. Tomorrow, we will transmit a Press Release posting a reward for the capture of his tormentor. $1,000 Reward for information leading to arrest thanks to a generous animal lover who posted this for us. . . .
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION re: the PERPETRATORS of this HORRIFIC CRIME, please please please CONTACT the SHELTER!!! . . . If you can't help with DONATIONS or any INFORMATION, please at least CROSS-POST & SHARE w/ EVERYONE!!!