Starved dog re­cov­er­ing; funds needed for bills

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RIDGELY — On Nov. 3, An­i­mal Con­trol Of­fi­cer Stacy Dar­ling res­cued a dog that was one of the worst cases of ne­glect and star­va­tion the Caro­line County Hu­mane So­ci­ety has seen, ac­cord­ing to Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Amanda Show­ell.

The dog weighed just 28 lbs. and had a body tem­per­a­ture of only 86 de­grees. He was so weak he was un­able to stand or walk. Hu­mane so­ci­ety staff named him Ross Cay­den — Cay­den mean­ing strong fighter.

“As we car­ried him in our arms, we could feel his cold body fail­ing … hours away from death. Look­ing into his eyes, they told us a dif­fer­ent story. His eyes told us he wanted to fight, he wanted to sur vive. He wanted a chance to live a life and know the love of hu­mans, a kind touch and a lov­ing home. We re­al­ized we had only one choice: to fight along with Ross Cay­den to save his life,” Show­ell said.

Ross Cay­den was rushed to Anne Arun­del Vet­eri­nary Emer­gency Clinic where he re­ceived two blood trans­fu­sions, I.V. flu­ids and an­tibi­otics and 24-hour care.

“We held our breath, pray­ing he would make it through the night …. and he did. Fri­day was an­other day of un­know­ing, but slowly Ross be­gan to try to lift his head,” Show­ell said. “Over the next days he would try to stand, try to walk. Ross would keep fight­ing.”

Thurs­day, Nov. 10, Ross came back to the Caro­line County Hu­mane So­ci­ety to con­tinue his re­cov­ery. He has been placed with a foster fam­ily.

Now the Caro­line County Hu­mane So­ci­ety is look­ing for the public’s help. The med­i­cal bill for Ross Cay­den cur­rently is over $4,000. He will have to con­tinue to un­dergo med­i­cal care and vet su­per vi­sion so that num­ber con­tinue to rise.

Do­na­tions are needed to help with Ross Cay­den’s med­i­cal care. Any size do­na­tion will help. Ross is just one of nearly 200 an­i­mals in the hu­mane so­ci­ety’s care.

To do­nate to Ross’ care, go to www. car­o­line­hu­ and click on make a do­na­tion, then do­na­tion and hit our do­nate now but­ton; go to https://www. you­car­­o­linecoun­ty­hu­mane­so­ci­ety-688640; or mail your do­na­tion to the Caro­line County Hu­mane So­ci­ety, 407 West Bell St., Ridgely, MD 21660.

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