Starved dog recovering; funds needed for bills
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. carolinehumane.org and click on make a donation, then donation and hit our donate now button; go to https://www. youcaring.com/carolinecountyhumanesociety-688640; or mail your donation to the Caroline County Humane Society, 407 West Bell St., Ridgely, MD 21660.