Back on 30 August 2018, one woman was hanging laundry in her own backyard. All of a sudden, she heard something whining in the distance. Jess’s Zebulon home backs up to several acres of swampland, thus it is not uncommon to hear all kinds of animal noises – but this was different.
Jess walked toward the swamp and spotted a young puppy, alone. “There is a creek and the land is mainly muddy swampland and high weeds,” she reported to the SPCA of Wake County, where the puppy is currently being cared for there.
The puppy, now called Nash, was nested on a small island of dry land. He was also cruelly tied to a tree. As he struggled to get free, the rope around his neck had dug inwards his layers of skin. Jess waded into the knee-deep mud for about 100 feet to reach Dash and was able to cut the rope with her handy pocket knife.
“There’s no way he could have made it through the mud on his own and ended up tangled around a tree like that. I barely made it through the mud,” she recalled.
She rushed Dash back to her house, where she bathed him and extracted many maggots from his ears, the open wound on his neck and other parts of his tiny frail body.
The SPCA worked with the staff at Care First Animal Hospital to treat Nash. They cleaned his wound and administered him some antibiotics. The veterinarian who treated Nash expects that he would be able make a full recovery in no time. The veterinarian also discovered some chemical burns on his ear and tail, which could mean that Dash was horribly abused.
“He probably would have been somebody’s snack.”
Nash is currently in a foster home associated with the SPCA of Wake County and is reportedly healing well. To help him and other stray animals in need, please visit: spcawake.org/helpnash.
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