On 1/20 we got an email from the Director of the Williamson Co. Animal Shelter about a male Great Dane who is 14 years old. We were told that the dog is in pretty bad shape and supposedly has cancer. This dog was being kept in a back yard and he was getting out to go visit the kids in a nearby school. After being impounded a few times, the owner decided to release the dog to the shelter. After talking to the owner, we found out that the dog is not 14 years old, but only 8 years old, and he does not have cancer, he has a heart condition. Considering his age and health condition, our volunteer rushed to the shelter to get the dog. She was horrified to find an extremely skinny Harlequin Great Dane with a blotted stomach (looks like a pregnant dog). Fearing for his life, the dog was sent immediately to be checked by a vet. After an extensive vet exam and a few blood tests, we came to find out that this boy has a heart condition which is causing a fluid build-up in the abdomen. On top of that, he was also tested positive for Heartworms. So we got some Heart meds to start him on. On Friday 1/22 we had an Ultrasound done. It was determined that Judge has a heart failure. Both sides of his heart are damaged and he has fluid build-up in his heart, lungs and liver, not to forget, his bloated abdomen. The vet spent a couple of hours draining fluids out to try and relieve some of the pressure off the heart. It seems that draining the fluids and the meds are taking effect and Judge seems to be feeling much better. Although he still looks bad, he acts like nothing is wrong. He eats a lot and he loves getting treats. He enjoys getting attention and going for walks and rides in the car. He is just a happy dog. Right now Judge needs a foster home where he will be spending the remaining of his life. It may be a few weeks, it may be months, or even a few years. If you can open your heart and home to help this sweet boy, please contact us immediately. Once you meet Judge, you will understand why we are so eager to help him.
Many of the dogs taken into our rescue have been neglected and are in very poor health and usually in need of extensive medical care. Many of them are severely under weight and are Heartworm positive, a condition which will be fatal if not treated.