On July 17th Elmer was picked up off the side of the road by a Good Samaritan. His leg, which is badly broken, has been stabilized as much as possible and placed in a splint. Elmer is severely emaciated and would not be able to withstand the anesthesia needed for surgery at this time.
Dr. Bice, Head Veterinarian at Dorchester Paws, explains that a dog of Elmer’s size should weigh around 60lbs. He currently weighs half that, with a Body Condition Score of 1 out of 9. His ribs, spine and hip bones are visible from a distance, and he has no discernible body fat and an obvious loss of muscle mass.
Our number one priority is keeping Elmer comfortable until he gains the strength needed to withstand surgery for his leg amputation and treatment for his heavy heartworm load.
Elmer’s medical bills are suspected to be upwards of $2,500. With his heartworm treatment alone costing $300-$500. Thanks to Donate2it and the generosity of our community we were able to raise the funds needed to cover Elmer’s Medical bills. Elmer is currently at a dedicated Foster’s home getting the care he needs. We will keep you updated.
Dorchester Paws strives to help every animal on their journey from victim to victory. Thank you for being apart of Elmer’s Story