Jacques wandered into the yard of a kind couple in a small town near the shelter. They found him barely alive, snuggling up to their Dachshund for comfort. They called the humane society in their town, but there was no way they could handle such a drastic situation, so the humane society volunteer called HUA to help. We knew it would be bad but weren’t quite prepared for what we saw when he arrived. Jacques had been torn up by another animal, perhaps a dog, perhaps a wild animal, but something definitely large in size. He had tears in his neck, sides, rear and scrotum. The wounds were terribly infected and maggots were everywhere. Our vet in Nebraska City had left his clinic for the day, but was called back in. While trying not to faint from the sight and smell, Jacques was rushed in to be triaged. His wounds were cleaned and he was sewn up in several places, while other places had to stay open for wounds to drain. He came to Omaha the next day where he spent the week at another veterinarian’s office being treated for infection and making sure all of the creepy crawlies were gone. Jacques is now back at the shelter where he is on antibiotics for two weeks and has to have special salve applied to his wounds several times a day. His blood counts were not good due to infection and being so malnourished so he will need to wait for his general vet work (neuter, dental, microchip) for at least another three weeks. He needs time to heal. The HUA vets are very optimistic about his recovery. Jacques is being kept clean and enjoying his quiet rest times in his new soft dog bed. He is very much liking the soft canned food with whole peas and carrots in it and doesn’t mind taking his pills at all if they are in this delicious treat. A week has already brought about a rapid change for Jacques. He could barely lift his head on the day he came in and didn’t have the strength to eat. He is now standing, walking and very interested in food. Although his wounds hurt badly he is taking comfort in the people caring for him at HUA. Please think of Jacques during his recovery. If you would like to help with his medical bills please click here to donate online or text GIFT to 20222 to donate $10. Data rates and standard text messaging charges may apply. We thank you and Jacques thanks you for caring so much about him. Without you we could not save dogs like Jacques who need more time and attention than most shelters can give. Jacques’ story easily could have had a sad ending, but together we will fight to make sure it is a happy one. If you are interested in adopting Jacques once he has recovered please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE: Jacques was adopted and is doing beautifully! He is featured in our holiday mailing. Click HERE to sign up for our snail mail mailings.