In an emergency rescue by Trio Animal Foundation from a Chicago city shelter, a four-pound, emaciated dog, who had been blinded by her matted fur over her face, soaked in her own urine and too weak to stand, was rushed to the organization’s partner veterinarian. In order for the medical team to fully assess the dog’s condition, she was immediately shaved down, and although everyone knew the little Shih Tzu dubbed Liz, had been terribly starved, just that she still survived in that condition, defied logic.
After several hours at the emergency veterinary hospital on Monday, Liz’s body temperature finally began to register. The four-pound emaciated dog, who should have weighed from 10 to 12 pounds, radiographs, blood tests and physical exams determined Liz couldn’t stand because she had been starved and her muscles had atrophied. She was started on intravenous fluids and given small pieces of chicken – the tiny dog was ravenous.
As is prudent for dogs that have been starved, only small, frequent meals have been offered, and the plan is to slowly increase her diet. Because she is in such deplorable condition, Liz’s age can not be determined; her teeth have suffered from extreme neglect. By Wednesday however, with a little help from her doctor and when placed on a rubber mat, Liz was able to hold herself up for a few minutes. Still very weak from starvation, she will need to gain weight to regain her strength and muscle mass in order to stand and walk again.
On Thursday, Liz’s condition scared everyone. On the organization’s Facebook, the little dog who could- almost didn’t. For a moment, her rescuers held their breath:
“We had a scare with Liz last night as her heart rate spiked for some reason. Luckily, since she is still hospitalized at the ER Vet, they were immediately made aware of it. After much worrying and praying, we went to spend time with her last night around 9:30. At that point, her heart rate was back to normal, and she was resting comfortable. Liz’s medical team is not sure why this episode happened, but she will continue to stay hospitalized at the ER Vet until she is stable.”
As to whom is responsible, no one knows, however this is an egregious case of animal abuse, neglect and torture. Tragically Liz’s owner is not known; the person who brought her into the Chicago shelter was not the responsible party. Be the voice for those who cannot speak. Surely someone had to have seen the condition of this dog before she was brought to the shelter barely hanging onto life. Look around, be observant, and if you suspect any animal being mistreated, call animal control, the police, the nearest shelter or a rescue organization. What happened to Liz didn’t occur overnight.
Trio Animal Foundation is asking for help in sponsoring Liz’s medical bills which are expected to be astronomical. Tax-deductible donations can be made by clicking here. Please earmark your donation “Liz.”
(Photos of the four-pound emaciated dog Liz courtesy of Trio Animal Foundation.)