Union County, FL – A starved and clearly ailing dog is getting a second chance after being rescued from the side of a road in Union County. According to Florida Urgent Rescue Inc., Brianna, a Union County animal control officer, received a call about a dead dog on the side of the road and she went out to retrieve the dog’s body.
On Sunday, the rescue agency said that Brianna found a dog very much alive, but too weak to stand. The dog was rushed to an emergency veterinary hospital for fluids and care. The group described the critical condition of the dog, writing:
Dr. Mack immediately ran bloodwork again, and he was still critical. His red blood cell (RBC) count, hematocrit (HCT) and hemoglobin (HGB) were all dangerously low. He needed a transfusion, but after using all the packed red blood cells he had to save our puppies, Dr. Mack reordered, but it’s on backorder.
Ultimately, blood was secured for the pup, dubbed Leonidas, and a transfusion was successfully administered.
Leonidas has a long road to recovery, but he is in good hands and receiving the life-saving care that he needs to beat the odds. The rescue agency said:
He’s already received vitamin injections and other medications, and they’re feeding him small meals. We know he’s in good hands with Dr. Mack and the team at Palm Valley. Heather Huffman is on deck to foster him when he’s healthy enough to leave the vet, but he’ll stay hospitalized for now.
Please keep this neglected dog in your thoughts as he fights to survive. Follow the group on Facebook at this link.
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