Striker Force: NHSPCA Nurses Dog Living in Squalor Back to Health
🔴 A neighbor noticed Striker's poor appearance and notified the NHSPCA in Stratham
🔴 He had an injury or infection in his ears and an untreated abscess in his mouth.
🔴 "We are so grateful for the person who called to let us know that he needed help," NHSPCA Executive Director Lisa Dennison said.
The New Hampshire SPCA in Stratham is nursing an emaciated and dehydrated dog back to health after rescuing him from the squalor of his home in Barrington.
Striker, a 10-year-old mixed breed, was noticed by a neighbor who called the NHSPCA over concern about his appearance. His ribs were showing, hips protruding, and eyes sunken.
The SPCA found that Striker was living in a home with dog waste all over the floor. His owners agreed to turn him over to the SPCA. No other animals were present in the home and no charges were filed against the owners.
An exam of Striker by the SPCA team found more bad health news. He had either an injury or infection in his ears and an untreated abscess in his mouth. On a body scale of 1 to 8, he was at a 1.
"A very lucky dog"
The good news is that Striker is on the road to recovery. He is being fed four times a day to carefully help him gain weight, and is getting medical treatment.
"He is a very lucky dog to have been rescued before it was too late. We are so grateful for the person who called to let us know that he needed help and that the Barrington Police acted quickly and in the best interest of the dog," New Hampshire SPCA Executive Director Lisa Dennison said.
The care that Striker and the the other animals doesn't come for free, as supplies and medications cost money. Donations can be made to the the website, nhspca.org. The SOS Fund for Animal Rescue goes specifically to help other animal victims of neglect, like Striker.
The NHSPCA is also bringing back its Doggie Paddle Plunge fundraiser after two years on Saturday, March 18, at Great Island Common in New Castle. Plungers will run into the icy cold ocean at noon, followed by an indoor lunch.
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