Updated posting on February 24, 2017
Valentina has made good progress in her new journey at Pets Alive! (You can read her entire story below this posting.) After extensive testing by our medical team, she’s been diagnosed with Lyme Disease and anaplasmosis, both tick-borne diseases. She is now being treated with medication for these diseases.
In addition, she needs to gain weight to regain her health, so she is on a nutrient-rich diet with 4 feedings a day. Despite her abuse, she is a happy-go-lucky dog and loves playing fetch in our play yard!
The pictures in this posting were taken earlier this week of her in our play yard. And check out a VIDEO of her running around like one happy dog!
We thank everyone that has donated to our Medical Fund so we can care for Valentina and other animals. If you’d like to make a donation to our Medical Fund, you can do so here:
Original posting on February 8, 2017
Beyond emaciated, a lonely dog wandered alongside a roadway in the Monticello area in Sullivan County, NY. Her looks were startling – she was so skinny, her ribs were protruding from her feces-lined body. The dog had obviously been without proper nutrition for a lengthy period of time and appeared to be female. Another homeless dog, cast aside to die in the freezing temperatures.
Her luck changed though on Sunday, February 5, when she came upon a good Samaritan who immediately saw the dog was in danger. He approached the dog, who appeared friendly. He was able to easily capture the dog, but the dog wasn’t out of the woods yet. The good Samaritan proceeded to call upon multiple sources to try to find help for the dog – but without avail.
He eventually found his way to one of our board members, Amy Kristt, who took the dog into her home, arranged for a veterinarian appointment, and for her to come to Pets Alive. Finally, this skinny gal had a warm blanket to sleep on, nourishment and water. Check out this video of Valentina taken shortly after she was rescued and safe.
In spite of all the dog may have been through, she is sweet as could be. She just wants a little love, food and water – and she needed a name. Valentina seemed fitting given Valentine’s Day, a day of love, is around the corner – and so her new life began.
Before coming to Pets Alive, Valentina was examined by Dr. Joseph D’Abbraccio, our veterinarian from Catskill Veterinary Services. Valentina is about 2-3 years old and weighs only 50 pounds – severely underweight for a dog her size. She was covered in feces, appeared to have had puppies at some point in the past, had small wounds on her face – and was extremely hungry and thirsty. Several tests are being run to determine if Valentina has any other injuries or conditions beyond shear starvation.
After the examination, Valentina made the trek to Pets Alive, her home until she heals and will then be available for adoption. She was greeted with open arms by Pets Alive staff. She will continue to be monitored as we await test results. She will need to be fed several times a day in small quantities so her body adjusts to food. An additional treatment plan will be determined once we have test results.
Our work never stops. Just when we think we have seen it all, another abused and homeless animal comes our way. The incident with Valentina was on the heels of another rescue that occurred on Friday, February 3, when we took in a stray puppy we named Will. He was found alongside a road and has some type of neurological injury or condition. You can read more about Will’s story here.
As we approach Valentine’s Day, please consider giving a loving gift to help Valentina and all the other animals at Pets Alive. You can access our Valentine’s Day Giving Grid below. Just click on a square and donate today!
Thank you once again for your support. You enable us to help these fragile animals overcome their nightmares of the past.