***WARNING! This article contains graphic photos that may be upsetting for some readers to see***
Spirit the Pit Bull has been in ᴄʀɪᴛɪᴄᴀʟ condition since Monday night, after she was picked up off the streets by Fulton County Animal Services with a Sʟɪᴛ ᴛʜʀᴏᴀᴛ. Animal services first received a concerned call from a woman who spotted the dog and described her as having a, “ᴄᴜᴛ around the neck and ʙʟᴇᴇᴅɪɴɢ very badly.” Animal Services then contacted Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ Dogs Rock NYC, who jumped at the chance to help Spirit.
Stacey Silverstein and Jackie O’Sullivan, the co-founders of Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ Dogs Rock NYC who work frequently with Fulton Animal Services as well as many more shelters along the east coast, got the message about Spirit Monday evening and it only took one look at the ʜᴏʀʀɪꜰɪᴄ photos for them to take her under their wing. Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ Dogs took Spirit in and performed emergency sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ on the homeless dog but after a severely ɪɴꜰᴇᴄᴛᴇᴅ ᴡᴏᴜɴᴅ opened back up shortly after sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ, they had to transfer her to an animal hospital. Spirit arrived at Fayetteville Animal Hospital where it was determined that she would need at least two more sᴜʀɢᴇʀɪᴇs to close up the ᴡᴏᴜɴᴅ, which was 3-inches deep. A miracle that it didn’t sᴇᴠᴇʀ her trachea.
Trying to make sense of how anyone could do such a thing, rescuers considered the possibility that an embedded collar could be the ᴄᴜʟᴘʀɪᴛ, but Spirit was picked up wearing a collar (no tags, unfortunately). RDRNYC stated on their Facebook page that: “There is nothing jagged or that goes 360 degrees around consistent with a collar. We cannot imagine the instrument used to Sʟɪᴛ ʜᴇʀ ᴛʜʀᴏᴀᴛ but we are confident she didn’t trip and fall on a log ᴄᴜᴛter.” It is still unclear how Spiritsustained such a deep ᴡᴏᴜɴᴅ, however the veterinarians involved, believe that all signs point to a person ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋɪɴɢ Spirit in a fit of rage. The sᴜʀɢᴇʀɪᴇs that Spirit is undergoing are extremely expensive, likely costing thousands of dollars, and the Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ organization relies heavily on donations to offset the cost of helping ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇs like Spirit.
After surgery, treatment and intensive care, Spirit has stabilized his health so that he can find a forever home of her own. Thank you to the rescuers, veterinarians and benefactors who helped the dog ᴇsᴄᴀᴘᴇ ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ and have a second life.