Gus was nearly strangled with a shoelace and riddled with pellet bullets.
We have created this tee shirt campaign to help raise the funds needed to save a stray dog who was nearly strangled with a shoelace and riddled with pellet bullets.
An emergency plea went out in Houston earlier in the week when an animal advocate spotted a dog in dire need of help; his head swollen to at least twice its normal size and wandering the neighborhood scavenging for food and relief from his pain.
On K-911 Rescue facebook page they sent out a plea for help. Less than a day later Gus was caught and Houston K-911 Rescue rushed the dog to the Vergi 24/7 Veterinary Hospital where staff stated it was one of the worst cases of neglect and cruelty they have ever seen. His condition was critical, but he was stabilized and placed on intravenous for hydration with heavy pain medications and a rigorous course of antibiotics. This was the first time in a long time he was able to sleep pain free.
By Thursday afternoon, veterinarians began to fill in the details of the desperate plight concerning Gus’ past. Not only had a shoestring been tied around his neck which cut into his flesh and delicate neck tissue, the dog had been repeatedly shot with a pellet gun – his body just riddled with bullets. After surgeons sedated him and began to debride the rotting tissue around his neck, they had to stop because the scar tissue was dangerously close to his jugular vein and carotid artery. Gus would need a specialist.
Gus was transferred to the Texas A&M Small Animal Clinic to consult with a soft tissue specialist. Gus is showing that he has the will to live. Rescuers will stop at nothing to save his life!
UPDATE 9-5-18: Gus is out of surgery. He is resting now and on heavy pain medicine. The hope was to completely revise all of the scar tissue of the wound around the circumference of his neck. Unfortunately, Gus started to lose a large amount of blood and the surgeon decided to stop the surgery for his safety. Gus received a blood transfusion and at this time the surgery team is going to allow him time to rest and recover. They will make a decision as to when he is ready to go back into surgery to remove the rest of the scar tissue.
The good news is that most of the tissue has been removed, probably around 2/3 of the surface of the scar tissue. The top part of his neck was easier to revise the scar tissue because there was less vasculature and lymphatics to try to dissect around.The not so good news is the remaining area is where the vital arteries and veins are located. That area is still restricted and as such still poses complications.Because Gus had so much skin surface due to the swelling, the surgeon was able to close up the area on which they operated. The vets have also started laser treatment to alleviate the swelling of the head.
His doctors estimate that Gus is only TEN MONTHS OLD! He was still a baby and living all alone, suffering in pain. Of course, this is only speculation, but doctors think that someone tied this shoestring around his neck and at some point Gus was discarded or abandoned. His little body growing and the shoe lace getting tighter and tighter and no one bothered to check or do anything at all to release him from this torture.
All I know is that Gus is enjoying and taking in all the cuddles he can steal from the Texas A&M vet team. He's a brave one, that Gus. He's a heart breaker too. He's a survivor and we have his back!The good news is that most of the tissue has been removed, probably around 2/3 of the surface of the scar tissue. The vets have also started laser treatment to alleviate the swelling of the head. He's has come such a long way! The swelling in his neck has come down and he is eating like a champ! He loved going outside and getting around the clock love from his caregivers.
OMG OMG OMG!!!! Gus started just 2 weeks ago with a head swollen to 3 times its normal size and nearly decapitated from a shoelace. He has spent over a week at Texas A&M hospital and we have good news! He is able to leave the hospital! This is what we are all about! This is the power behind a Hendrick & Co. tshirt or hoodie!
Gus’ rescue story is just beginning; we hope it ends happily. This dog has a long road to recovery. To help with his medical care please purchase one of his shirts below.
Now we are asking for your help in raising the donations Gus will need. His care will be in the tens of thousands and K-911 Rescue does not have this type of funding. To help with Gus’ surgery costs please consider purchasing one of his shirts, totes, bracelets and coffee mugs below. With every purchase you can help K-911 Rescue save his life!
Last week, Gus hosted a walk in Houston to raise awareness of animal cruelty issues. Organized by Houston K-911 Rescue, supporters throughout Texas walked with Gus to show their support to end animal cruelty.
In less than 2 months, Gus' face and body have changed so much! Tons of medical care, support, donations, prayers, love and compassion allowed Gus to be where he is today. Gus and rescuers are ever so thankful.
Gus is back in College Station for the week since he has another surgery in the next few days. This will be his fourth operation. You can continue to support him with purchases and donations.
Gus is proof that not every dog is too far gone even if you think there’s no hope.
Houston K-911 Rescue
Houston K911 Rescue is a 501(c)(3)non-profit organization with a mission to address the immediate crisis of animal overpopulation in Houston by rescuing street dogs in poor health and in danger, rehabilitating and placing them in loving homes or with our responsible rescue partners. We encourage population control and we strive to be agents of change to improve the protection and treatment of family pets and the homeless animals in our communities.