St. Louis, MO – When a city parks maintenance worker observed the filthy, skeletal dog lying motionless in a fetal position near a shed, he assumed the worst – the dog was dead.
In fact, when a call went out to the Stray Rescue of St. Louis – it was to report a possible dead dog.
But the dog, since named Pearson, was miraculously alive. It seems implausible that the dog survived the elements-especially in light of his severely wasted body.
It’s obvious that Pearson has been on his own for far too long. Roaming the streets, looking for kindness, hoping for sustenance – but sadly, deprived of everything.
By the time that helped arrived, Pearson was near death – waiting for respite from the horror that had defined his life.
He was rushed to an emergency veterinary clinic where it took hours to get his temperature high enough to register on a thermometer – though a normal dog’s temperature is 101, Pearson’s body temperature was a paltry 94 degrees even after hours of care.
Prior to his discovery, this sad, abandoned dog was knocking on death’s door…his body temperature was down, he was severely dehydrated and too weak to move.
How many people had witnessed his gaunt body? How many people had looked the other way as he struggled to survive? Why didn’t anyone step up to help this skeletal dog as he wandered aimlessly…alone?
Yesterday, when Pearson was discovered, death was surely close at hand – his endless pain and suffering was almost over.
But Pearson was found – Pearson is now being cared for and death is no longer this dog’s only hope for peace and comfort.
The veterinarians caring for the horribly neglected dog are hopeful that he will recover. Just as Patrick, the Pit bull starved to the brink of death, has been bouyed by love – so too can Pearson.
Tragically, there will be no search for the person responsible for Pearson’s current state of neglect. He is just another dog turned loose and abandoned by someone that didn’t care.
A domesticated dog that was meant to walk by the side of his guardian – not roam the streets alone. As painful as it is, look at his photos – he needed care and companionship – he was not designed to fend for himself.
Please share Pearson’s story – if you can donate, please click this link to the Stray Rescue of St. Louis. If you can’t donate, please send positive, healing thoughts to this dog that has never known love or kindness.
Inquiries to foster or adopt Pearson can be directed to Tara at email@example.com.
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