While Santa Claus came to town on Christmas Day and delivered treats and toys to so many beloved dogs, one seven-month-old “ bait dog ” puppy would unknowingly celebrate her freedom; she had just been saved from a torturous existence.
In River Vale, New Jersey, rescue organization Good Karma Dog Rescue, stepped up to save Hope. At first, Hope, the bait dog, was rushed immediately to an emergency veterinary hospital. Her body had been ravaged from dog fighting while being used as bait for fighting dogs to hone their egregious craft.
She was described as literally ripped into pieces. The pup had been hung upside down by her back legs as the other dogs repeatedly attacked her. Hope didn’t have a chance to fight back. Huge chunks of skin and muscle dropped away; her face and body were horribly distended and distorted from the swelling.
She was riddled with old and new bite marks. Rescuers couldn’t bear holding back tears. It was not known if Hope would even survive.
One day later the rescue group posted Hope’s update on their Facebook page. The prognosis still didn’t look promising, but the puppy seemed to have no intentions of giving up her brave fight:
“The hospital is running a complete blood panel on her. I assumed that had been done already, but it hasn’t, so we are doing it now. We are doing a 4dx test to make sure she doesn’t have any heartworms. She still isn’t eating and the swelling has not gone down, so they are very concerned about the type of infections she could have, so we are also doing a wound culture. She may need a feeding tube inserted in the morning and could potentially need surgery. I will know more when the doctor calls me back after the labs are run. Bloodwork is in house. Wound culture takes 72 hours.
Hang in there sweet girl, we got this.”
As the days passed, Hope began to eat and show a slight improvement.
She was not eligible be put on steroids for the swelling; however followed a regiment of multiple massive antibiotics and pain relievers. She received constant care and remained on IV therapy for days. Her wounds have slowly improved and Hope was described as being in great “spirits and full of wiggles, wags and kisses.”
And the best news of all – on Friday morning Hope left the veterinary hospital and is now with her foster parent.
“She is doing so wonderfully, the doctors feel there is no reason to keep her there since her culture came back with bacteria that can be treated with oral medications. She will have a recheck in 7 days and is going home on 3 different antibiotics, an anti inflammatory/pain control med and medicated eye drops. We are so happy this girl will get to cuddle with her foster mom and sleep in a soft dog bed tomorrow night.”
Check out Hope’s video and how sweet she is. Photos and video of bait dog courtesy of Good Karma Dog Rescue and Barb Blackman.