A 2-year-old dog survived hellish conditions in a Merriam home. Its condition was so poor that, after it was rescued, a veterinarian recommended euthanasia.
But staff at Unleashed Pet Rescue & Adoption, an animal shelter in Mission, decided against putting the dog down and now is funding its recovery.
Remo, a Maltese, had maggots in its fur, ears and eyes when it was found. Remo was suffering from septic shock, a widespread infection causing organ failure and low blood pressure.
Three days after being rescued, the dog is improving, and he now has a 50-50 shot at survival, according to Danielle Reno, Unleashed’s director.
“We’re all rooting for him,” she said. “I think he can feel it. He didn’t come all this way just to die.”
Remo the dog may eventually need surgery to remove dead skin, Reno added. The dog is on blood pressure medication, antibiotics, pain medication and has a feeding tube in its nose.
“He’s not out of the woods yet,” Reno said. “But if he’s going to try, we’re going to try, too.”
Unleashed “desperately” needs funds to afford the continuing treatment of the dog, Reno said.
Remo’s previous owner has not been charged with a crime, according to Reno. However, she said Merriam Animal Control is investigating.