Falkor: Senior dog who was beaten almost to death trying to protect a child!
FALKOR remains in VERY guarded condition. The major obstacle we are facing is the swelling of the brain which prohibited the medical team to take xrays last night or even the surgery. The xrays are being taken now. All pictures and medical notes are being handed directly over to the Animal Control Officer for this case. Here are the facts as they stand now:
1. Falkor has a broken jaw, broken teeth, needs to have the right eye removed, is currently blind in the left (could be from the swelling), frontal lobe of skull is broken, eye socket fractured, swelling of the brain, could have possible brain damage (too early to tell). Is disoriented
2. RESCUERS WILL LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED--in order to move to the next level, the swelling must keep coming down, it is way too early to tell what the long term effects will be for Falkor. RESCUERS ARE COMMITTED TO DOING RIGHT BY THIS DOG but it is a slow diligent process.
3. We applaud the shelter volunteers for moving fast and contacting Patti directly the moment Falkor walked in the door at the shelter. If Falkor survives it is because of how fast the shelter reached out for help!
4. Falkor was trying to protect a child when struck SEVERAL TIMES WITH A BAT. Falkor is a Middle aged Sharpei/Chow mix (somehow there are conflicting reports)
24-Hour Goals:Continue to stabilize. Monitor mental awareness to evaluate progress of concussion. Manage pain and continue IV fluids and antibiotics
Concern for mental well being-- possible seizures or inability to walk-- will l have to monitor response to treatment over the next 24 to 48 hours. Concern for possible blind in remaining intact left eye
UPDATE 5-1-17: Hey everybody! It's been a while. But that is a good thing when it comes to Falkor! He went to the vet today, for a recheck on his jaw and hips! Awesome news, his jaw is just about completely healed. Rescuers have been waiting on that news for what seems like so long, and we couldn't be more thrilled! Falkor's hips are looking decent and as long as he seems to get around good and pain free, doctors won't be taking any further action on them anytime soon. Other than vitamins and supplements that will help with his old body and joints.
Falkor continues to thrive in his foster home, and has turned into just a loving boy! After all he has been through, he deserves happiness and unconditional love. Which is exactly what he is getting! We want to thank everyone for continually supporting Falkor, and following his story of survival. We have partnered with Second Chance Rescue NYC to create this week's animal saving t-shirt design! Please, if you can, purchase one of our Falkor + SCR items below! With your help these two victims of abuse can get the second chance at life they deserves!