We posted a story on this precious little puppy, Van Gogh, yesterday on our Facebook page. Van Gogh was found in a box near Newark's Weequahic's Park by a good Samaritan that happened to notice a nose poking up out of the box. When the man saw this horribly mutilated pup in the box, he took him straight to our AHS Newark facility, where emergency surgery was performed.
Van Gogh was transferred down to us at Popcorn Park today and we are just horrified at the abuse that this little boy has suffered. Van Gogh was obviously used as bait for a dog fighter, and once he was torn literally to shreds, he was just dumped on the side of the road in the freezing cold to suffer and die all alone. With all of his injuries, it is truly a miracle that Van Gogh is still alive, and we credit our AHS Newark medical department for giving him the emergency treatment that he needed.
Our veterinarian thoroughly examined and X-rayed little Van Gogh and determined that he is no more than 4 or 5 months old. Van Gogh has had one of his ears completely ripped off, and severe injuries to his head. Both of his front legs have open wounds and are severely infected. One hind leg is fractured. His lungs are in bad shape as well, due to injuries to his chest. Little Van Gogh has injuries beyond belief ...… beyond what any of us could even handle, yet when you go in and talk to him, his little tail still wags. It's just unbelievable that he even has the strength to wag his tail, but he does.
Van Gogh has huge obstacles to overcome and we have to honestly say that we are unsure if he will survive, but we are going to try our best to pull him through this. He is comfortable right now and his pain is being managed, and our top priority is helping to fight off the infections. Donations to our Res-Q Fund are greatly appreciated, to help with the medical care that Van Gogh needs. Blankets are also appreciated; as Van Gogh is unable to walk, he will be staying in a room with loads of blankets to comfort him. And of course, your thoughts and prayers are needed for little Van Gogh, and for all of the others out there like him, that may never get help. Updates will be posted on Van Gogh when we know more.
Read Van Gogh's complete story.
Read Van Gogh's next update - 2/4/2014