UPDATE: The Portage Animal Protective League says Eeyore has gained about 8 lbs. in the past three days. They say he is still taking IV fluids and antibiotics, but is eating and drinking plenty. He even has a little "spring in his step!"
RAVENNA, Ohio -- A heart-breaking case of animal neglect has a local Animal Protective League and veterinarian racing to save a dog’s life.
The Portage County dog warden found, Eeyore, a boxer/mastiff mix walking around a neighborhood Tuesday afternoon so thin, APL officials say he was near death.
"The second case I've seen that has made me kind of brought to tears, that I was astonished when I saw him," said Chalan Lowry, executive director of the Portage County APL.
"A dog extremely dehydrated, very emaciated, he looks like he hasn't had anything to eat or drink for quite some time, he weighed in at 47 pounds, I wager he should probably weight about 80 or 90," said Dr. Jeremy Blankenship, a veterinarian with the Stow Kent Animal Hospital.
The APL immediately took Eeyore to Dr. Blankenship, and he began giving him small amounts of food and life-saving treatments.
"He's missing significant amounts of his body's fluids, so we're trying to steadily give intravenous fluids and electrolytes in him to get him boosted back up to where he needs to be, but this can't happen overnight, this is a process that's going to be days in the works," Blankenship said.
Dr. Blankenship says he is also giving Eeyore antibiotics and pain killers. The APL says he was so hungry that he had been eating mulch and rocks, and so dehydrated that he could not go to the bathroom. They believe he had not had much to drink for a few days and no decent meal in a couple of weeks.
"We just hope that he continues to get better day by day, that's he's eating, drinking, doing normal dog things...and hope that he puts the weight on that he needs and that there's no underlying medical issues," Lowry said.
Eeyore will be put up for adoption, if or when, he recovers.
"We're hoping that it hasn't started to affect his liver and other organs, so we're optimistic that things will improve, but this guy is far from being out of the woods yet," Blankenship said.