Abandoned dog at Richmond Animal Care and Control struggling for strength to survive
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Doctors say survival is unclear for an emaciated dog who was left outside in the cold at Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC) over the weekend.
According to RACC, the dog, named Olympus, was found outside their manager’s office window on Sunday, February 6.
RACC director Christie Chipps Peters says Olympus was cold and hungry when they found him. She took a few photos, which showed he was skin and bones, and posted them on social media, saying he had dirt dripping from his mouth and he 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.
According to Peters, she drove him to the Virginia Veterinary Center, where doctors warmed him up and gave him IV fluids.
At that point he started eating on his own, but doctors say he has internal bleeding, possibly an intestinal infection, or worse.
However, Peters says 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 and neglect, as well as picking up dead animals in the city.
Peters says the RACC is watching the surveillance video to see who may have abandoned the sick dog in the cold of the facility, describing what happened in the video as “interesting.”
According to Peters, 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. »