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Help TANK get the surgeries he needs to live!
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Ended Apr 3, 2015


TANK'S STORY HAS CHANGED!  Because of so many wonderful people, he's getting the surgeries he needs, we'll have him trained and placed soon.  So excited!  TANK-YOU all!


Someone abandoned this loveable Pit (We're calling the muscled up guy "Tank") and we just couldn't imagine why.  Now, we know - and he's going to need a few surgeries to be deemed "adoptable."  Without the surgeries, the shelter would choose to put him down instead of putting him up for adoption.  There's no way Tank's story should end like that - please help us.

Tank was very sweet from the first moment he met us.  He sat sloppy against my legs and lay in the floor for belly-rubs.  He licked my hand.  I couldn't imagine why someone would abandon such a sweet boy.  Then we looked closer, and noticed that he had scratches on his body, and numerous scabbed areas.  We wanted to know his age, so we looked at his teeth - that's when even more of the story started to come clear.  On his nose are signs of scraping - like he's been trying to free himself from something.  His teeth are ground down and some are broken.  He's been chewing on either rocks, or metal.  

Then, we noticed him licking his butt.  When we lifted his tail, we saw blood.  He had a small sore area protruding from his anus.  Not good.  

With all of this knowledge, we knew finding him a home immediately would be tough.  So, we took him to a low-kill shelter nearby.  Unfortunately, they are very full right now, and the officer (Whom we know and trust) warned us that Tank wouldn't have a very good shot, given his medical issues.  He'd get a 7-day quarantine, at which point they'd have to decide if they could make room for him.  He wouldn't, however, get any real medical treatment.  So, they'd basically have to decide if he were adoptable 7 days from now ... when the sore in his butt had gotten even worse, and nothing else had improved either.  What that all adds up to, is Tank's death.

We couldn't have that.  So, we took him to the Vet, to get a clearer picture of what he needs in order to be "adoptable."  The Vet did a basic exam, and found that Tank is all-in-all, a pretty healthy dog.  His heartbeat is strong.  His breathing is normal.  He's not excreting anything anywhere.  But, he does have a double ear-infection, some obvious dental problems (worn, broken teeth, and apparently one dead), and what we have now been told is a polyp growing in his anus.  The following is a breakdown of what Tank needs:

Basic exam (completed)
Treatment for Ear Infection (completed)
Medication for Ear Infection (purchased, in progress)
X-Rays to determine dental damage
(likely) surgery to remove damaged teeth
X-Rays to determine extenet polyp situation (can it be removed with a simple from-rear procedure, or more invasive?)
Surgery to remove polyp
Biopsy of polyp
Heartworm Test
Anesthesia/Fluids/Pain Meds
Buster Collar (purchased, currently on his cute face)

All told, an estimated $2500 - $3000 in expenses, with $240 already paid for the basic exam and ear infection treatment.  

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