Starving Old Dog ‘Completely Defeated’ When He Is First Rescued But His Wagging Tail Told A Different Story

With just 22.5 pounds on his old skeletal, Holden the dog arrived at the overcrowded shelter. The little dog had been seized by police during a drug raid. This turned out to be a life-saving turn of events, but when he arrived at the shelter they had no space and given his condition he would not do well there either. That was apparent to the shelter, who put out a plea for help.

They shared:

“Holden was a last minute intake today. He was seized during a drug raid. As you can see, he has not been well cared for.”

“He is 25 lbs and should at least be 40…”

“He was so hungry, he was trying to get cat food out of the cat kennels during intake so he’s been fed and thoroughly enjoyed it.”

“The shelter has NO space. He cannot go in an outside run like this. He’s staying the night on a big comfy blanket in the intake area but he cant’s stay here.”

“He totally ignored the cats in the office. He’s very calm, quiet and well mannered. He just sits and looks at you, with his head hung low. He’s completely defeated.”

But they were determined to find a rescue for him. That’s when Releash Atlanta stepped forward to rescue the 10-year-old Labrador mix.

They too were determined to save him, but the news at the veterinarian was far from promising. Scans showed he had a seven pound tumor attached to his spleen and “musing vital organs out of its way causing basic life functions like eating and breathing to become difficult for him…”

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