A dog has died and another is in critical condition after the two were found starved and abandoned in the basement of a Norristown home on Sunday, reports Fox 29.
According to their website Animal workers with Charlie’s Crusaders Pet Rescue, a local nonprofit, responded to the 200 blocks of Franklin Street around 9:30 a.m. after construction workers reported hearing noises from the basement of a home under renovation.
Rescue workers discovered the dogs locked in the basement amid deplorable conditions. The dogs – one male, one female – were transported to an emergency 24-hour facility for treatment. Both dogs were reportedly septic and in shock.
Peanut, the female dog, passed away after going into cardiac arrest. Bear, the male dog, remains under intensive care in critical condition after suffering pneumonia.
The rescue says Bear’s blood pressure has stabilized, though he is having difficulty breathing and standing.
“We are devastated we lost Peanut and our hearts are broken,” the rescue posted on Facebook. “Our boy [Bear] is fighting and we will do everything in our power to make sure he survives.”
No arrests have been made at this time. This is an ongoing investigation.
Those interested in donating to Charlie’s Crusaders Pet Rescue can do so here. Donations can also be made directly to Metropolitan Veterinary Associates by calling 610-666-1050 from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Scroll down for more photos from Bear
Update: Thursday 10:00am
Bear did well with his blood transfusion and his blood levels are better. He is now maintaining his blood pressure without any medicine and his body heat is almost within normal levels. He still needs oxygen support and lungs still look bad. He actually stood up for 2 minutes this morning. His appetite is coming back and he ate a good breakfast. Breathing is better but still labored and he is resting a little easier. They are monitoring his platelets,blood count and oxygen levels which are still on the low side. Bear is a fighter and with Gods will and everyone’s prayers he will survive
Bear is still in critical condition but holding on. Still very weak, hard time breathing and needing help with stabilizing his blood pressure. But good news is he has not declined and fighting. He opened his eyes and was watching everyone today. He tried to get up but couldn’t as he is still very weak. They gave him some nausea meds today hoping he will try and eat today like yesterday.
Bear is still very critical but we are seeing a few good signs. He ate good at his 9am feeding, blood pressure stable and his cough and breathing not so harsh. He is still on oxygen and had to be put back on heating therapy as his body temperature was low. He tried to stand when coaxed but only lasted a few seconds but he tried. They are going to hold off on the feeding tube if he continues to eat good. He is maintaining his weight of 27 lbs (he should weigh around 50-55 lbs). His blood platelets and blood count were much lower this morning and his gums pale due to being anemic. They are going to give him blood this afternoon to help bring his platelets and blood count up which will also help with more oxygen in his blood. He seems to be resting and breathing a little easier today. Bear is hanging in there and we hope with all our hearts he will survive. Please keep sending your prayers his way!!!
Dr Morgan called to let us know there were no changes regarding Bear today. Still labored breathing but is maintaining his blood pressure. Ate a little food but not enough to give him strength to fight the pneumonia. If he doesn’t eat more they will insert a feeding tube tomorrow to help him gain strength. Please keep praying for him as he is putting up a great fight to live