Abandoned dog at RACC struggling for strength to survive
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Doctors said survival is unclear for the emaciated dog who was left outside in the cold at Richmond Animal Care and Control over the weekend.
According to RACC, the dog, named Olympus, was found outside their manager’s office window on Sunday morning.
Christie Chipps Peters, director of Richmond Animal Care and Control, said Olympus was cold and hungry when they found him. She took a few photos and posted them on social media, showing that he was just skin and bones. Peters said in the post that he had dirt pouring out of his mouth and couldn’t get up.
“We were very worried about him. I got him inside and then I put him in my car and drove him to the emergency vet, so I didn’t know if he was going to be okay,” a- she declared.
Peters said she drove him to the Virginia Veterinary Center, where doctors warmed him up and gave him intravenous fluids. At this time, he began to eat on his own.
However, doctors said he had internal bleeding, possibly an intestinal infection, or worse.
Peters said they found him just in time.
“We were all hopeful, optimistic. Often we don’t back up these cases, so time was definitely on our side,” she said.
Last year, the center responded to more than 10,000 calls for service, including animal abandonment, neglect and dead animal pickup in the city.
Peters said they were watching their surveillance video to see who may have left the sick dog in the cold of their facility, and described what happened in the video as “interesting”.
She said someone convicted of animal cruelty charges could face up to five years in prison.
“I don’t understand the decision-making that leads to this kind of animal cruelty and neglect. It infuriates me when there are so many resources in the city of Richmond for animal lovers to take advantage of,” she said. “For an animal just to sit and suffer, there are no swear words that will make it better; so anger, sadness. It’s a combination of both. »