Rory, a black chow, has had a rough life. Having roamed the streets of a Nashville, TN neighborhood for nearly two years, hairless in many spots, sores in others and so emaciated that neighbors in the area did not even recognize him as being a dog.
Many in the East Nashville neighborhood speculated that he was some type of hyena, while others said he looked like a black lion. Word of Rory began to spread throughout the community and upon learning of Rory, East C.A.N. (Community Action Network), set out to find him, capture him and get him the veterinary care he so desperately needed. There were many
sightings and many attempts to capture Rory. Police officers tried to catch him, neighbors in and around the neighborhood tried to catch, as well as numerous volunteers with East C.A.N. and other rescue groups, all furiously tried to catch and help Rory. However, despite his extremely poor health, Rory seemed to always muster up enough energy to escape. Leery and fearful of humans, he was as determined not to be helped as people were to help him. Months went by and although rescuers were frustrated, they never gave up their quest to help Rory. Finally, on Wednesday, August 15th of this year, luck was on the side of East C.A.N., and Rory, even if he did not realize it at the time. All the time, effort and coordination between East C.A.N. and other animal rescue organizations and volunteers finally paid off, and, with the help of some KFC french fries, Rory was finally captured.
According to Samantha Nolting, a volunteer with East C.A.N., Rory was taken directly to a vet for diagnosis and treatment. "We took him straight to the emergency vet," Nolting said. "The emergency vet has been able to tell to say he has heart worms. There's obviously a lot of skin issues which we haven't diagnosed fully yet. Most likely he’s missing an eye."
After receiving the initial vet care he needed at Nashville Vet Specialists, who immediately noticed his sweet, gentle personality, Rory has been placed in a temporary foster home while he recovers. The results of skin biopsies taken this week are pending. Once they are received, treatment for his skin issues and heartworms will begin.
Rory continues to show his appreciation and his sweet, loving side, gently touching the nose of a caregiver with his nose and wagging his tail. His recovery will take time though, and it may be months before he is strong enough to be available for adoption. In the mean time, Rory will receive all the care he requires, along with the love and attention he so richly deserves.
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A young girl in the neighborhood where Rory was roaming donated $5 and all her change to help pay for Rory’s vet expenses.