After being found severely emaciated and wandering the streets of New Orleans, a Weimaraner dog named Alex has been rescued and is on his way to recovery. When the poor pup was taken in, it was found that he had nothing but twigs and rocks in his stomach, indicating the dog had next to nothing to eat. With a diet like that, the canine would not have lasted much longer on its own. Thanks to the Southern Animal Foundation, Alex is able to live and will be getting the attention and care that he so desperately needs.
“Seeing the picture was one thing, seeing him in person was very emotional,” said Deanna Theis, the assistant director of the Southern Animal Foundation. When I picked him up I couldn’t help but tear up, and feel very sad for him. I hugged him and kissed him on the head and told him he will be OK now.”
The canine was very hesitant to trust the staff at the foundation and took a while to come out of his transport crate. When he finally came out though, he immediately began wagging his tail. The pooch was finally on his road to recovery, but of course with a road like that, it’s bound to have its bumps. The dog had an X-ray of its stomach, which was filled with rocks and twigs only. Soon after, his stomach bloated and flipped, immediately needing surgery. Since he was emaciated and was heavily heart worm positive, he was considered a horrible candidate when it came to the surgical procedure, but it needed to be done.
In the end, the canine got the surgery he needed. Alex is quite the survivor and is now recuperating from the very-risky surgery. The lovable dog has become quite the local celebrity and well-known in the French Quarter.
“The responses to Alex have been overwhelming. Alex’s story has been shared more than I ever imagined it would be, and people are sending in donations to help with his medical care,” Theis has said. “He certainly has a following now, and just the positive words of support and encouragement are heartwarming.”
(Photo Source: Southern Animal Foundation)