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In May 2017, we introduced you to Tommy, a puppy who was found stuffed in a duffel bag on a college campus in Georgia. When Animal Control came, they were startled. Tommy was paralyzed due to blunt-force spinal trauma.
Second Chance Rescue NYC stepped up to rescue Tommy and rushed him to the emergency center. At the time, Tommy was unable to control his bladder and had deep pain sensation in his extremities. One of his legs was more reactive than the other. He could only stand when someone would hold him ever so delicately.
After a series of diagnostic tests and multiple MRIs, specialists learned that Tommy had a very bad fracture on his lower thoracic vertebrae through his growth plate and found several more fractured ribs. Despite the trauma inflicted on Tommy by his abuser, vets felt his prognosis on walking again was good and were confident surgery would not be necessary at that time.
Therapy began almost immediately and would require months of under water therapy, dry therapy and range of motion exercises.
After just a few weeks of daily exercises and therapy, Tommy rebounded. Within no time, he was playing, running, swimming and just being a puppy. Moreover, he is able to stand on his own with ease.
Because of your purchases of shirts, totes, hoodies and accessories, Hendrick & Co. donated more than $3,500 to Tommy's life-saving care.
The best news of all is that Tommy was adopted by a friend of Second Chance Rescue, who happens to be a Veterinarian. Tommy's new mommy takes him to therapy at Cornell in New York. Since joining his new family, he has made tremendous strides and is able to stand on his own with ease.
For the first time, Tommy now knows how he should have been treated since day one. In spite of my overwhelming obstacles, he has found strength and will to persevere and endure.
Tommy's amazing transformation could not have been possible without the unrelenting team at Second Chance Rescue in New York and the team of individuals who supported his care, medical treatment and therapy through the purchases of shirts, bracelets, totes and accessories. In the end, your purchases amounted to more than $3,500 in donations to help save Tommy.
Tommy was the victim of unwarranted abuse. We know somone abused him and someone stuffed him a duffel bag. To this day, there has been no identification of the abuser. In more than 95 percent of the cases we see at Hendrick & Co., the abuser is never identified. There are no tips; there is not one person coming forward to provide information about the abuser.
We can all make a difference today for victims of animal abuse, just like Tommy. It begins by telling others about the importance of speaking up and telling authorities if witnessing any type of abuse. And, if your community lacks an anonymous animal abuse tipline, look for ways to work with local law enforcement and elected officials to start one.
Together, we can continue to make a difference for animals in need.