“It was my husband who was walking Rocky and my own Lab in the bush reserve not far from our place. It is pretty remote area, so when these people came out suddenly from around the corner, all dogs got spooked (so did the humans). There was a lot of tension, before they walked away in the opposite direction. After few seconds Mark could hear the other people shouting, so he turned around and to his horror saw that the other dog managed to get away from his owners and was charging at speed in his direction. It all happened so quickly and before he knew it the other dog had his jaw clenched on Rocky's shoulder and was violently shaking him. It was horrifying. The owners had no control of their dog, had no idea how to handle the situation nor were they willing to help pull him off Rocky, who was screaming his little heart out in pain. Somehow Mark and the owners managed to turn the attacking dog on his back, Mark stepped on his stomach and this was when the dog let go of Rocky. The owners then managed to get him away and left.
They left Mark with two dogs, one seriously injured, and he had no phone on him. I seriously don't know how he got home, Rocky was not happy being carried, in so much pain. We took him to the Vet immediately, where they assessed him and gave him pain killers. Rocky had an extended surgery the next day - the injuries much more serious than originally thought. It wasn't just a flap of skin pulled off, his muscles were absolutely shredded to bits, 1 huge gash in the front and 2 on the back of his shoulder. He spent some 4 days at the Vets, on a drip, with many drains inserted to alleviate the swelling. There were many worried Vet visits, the stitches were not holding up and the healing process was delayed.
Thankfully, Rocky seems to be on the road to recovery (mentally and physically), some of his wounds are still open, only slowly closing up, so we are taking things slowly. we have reported it to the local Council and are working closely with the Ranger to find the owners.” - Foster Carer Ellen
It’s a mistake to think this will never happen to you and when it does it can be terrifying and dangerous. We cannot stress enough how imperative it is that you train and can control your dog to minimise this risk. In addition to this it is important to ensure there is always parent supervision if a child is walking the dog. As always, prevention is the best cure.
Now is where we ask for your help.
Rocky’s surgery and time in care has cost $2500. Now it is over to you, can you help with Rocky’s vet bill? Every donation no matter how big or small goes such a long way.
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