The AHS was contacted by the Hillside Police Dept. in the early evening of October 21st to respond to an injured animal. When our ACO, Alvis, Carrington, arrived on the scene, it was a little traveled secluded road not known by many in an industrial area.
The Boxer's leg was mangled and badly broken. With the assistance of Hillside K-9 Officer Ron Bartell, the injured emaciated Boxer was loaded into a crate and the AHS ambulanced him to the Animal Emergency and Referral Agency in Fairfield.
In addition to starving, he was found to have old and new wounds all over his body; a broken front leg, a fractured pelvis and a possible break in his hip. The young male dog could not go immediately in for surgery because it was discovered that his belly was full of garbage -- plastic bags, sticks, sanitary napkins -- every bit of trash that you could imagine.
However, a visual inspection of the place where the Boxer was found has no garbage at all -- so he was dumped there. He wasn't hit by a car, he wasn't found in a garbage-strewn lot. And he didn't crawl off to die. Evan was allowed to linger someplace where he was able to get at garbage to try and sustain himself. He was dumped and the AHS is offering a $1,000.00 reward for the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator .
At the emergency hospital, Evan was operated on for his broken leg. It was discovered that the break was an old injury left untreated for so long that the bones began to separate. Evan's pelvis is fractured so he must have limited movement. His hip may need a bone plate or femoral head excision.
Evan was just moved to Popcorn Park and is very happy with his new living quarters and content with the many soft and cozy beds that surround him. His pain is being managed with medication and our veterinarian will determine what needs to be done for this young man.
Since Evan's pelvis is fractured, we will need to limit his movement for the time being. We are amazed that he can get around as well as he can, given his fragile state. We are walking him with a sling under his waist for support and not long after his arrival at Popcorn Park, he wanted to walk everywhere to check out his new surroundings! He is one strong boy, that's for sure.
The AHS has been advised that the emergency costs at Fairfield could be as high as $8,000. Any contributions to the Res-Q Fund for Evan's care would be greatly appreciated.
Stay tuned for frequent updates on his progress by photo and video.
UPDATE - 10/29
Check out Evan's video - his first time out for a walk!
Check here for Evan's Nov. 1 update.
Feb. 2, 2015 - Evan's been adopted! Check out his adoption video.