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Dog Neglected In Cage For Weeks Now Fights For His Life


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Somebody donating supplies to the Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) saw something unusual on their way into the building. A malnourished dog was resting all alone in the parking lot. The person immediately notified the shelter and the staff took the dog to emergency care. He was quickly given the name Ethan, and although his chances of survival were slim, shelter staff and vets fought for him.

Ethan still has a long way to go in recovery, but he is strong despite everything.

Image: @ kyhumane / Facebook

Worst case of neglect

This is one of the worst situations the shelter has ever faced. It is believed that ethane was left alone in a box with no food or water for weeks. However, it is unclear whether he was deliberately neglected or whether someone did not intend to leave him alone for so long.

“Ethan’s the thinnest dog I’ve ever seen and is still alive. He weighs 38 pounds when he should weigh around 80 pounds, ”said KHS veterinarian Dr. Emily Bewley. “To get into this shape, he had to starve to death for weeks.”

Malnourished rescue dogImage: @ kyhumane / Facebook

Ethan is so thin you can see the outline of every bone in his body. He cannot support his own weight because of extreme muscle loss. The shelter staff suspect he is young, around 3 or 4 years old.

Not long after Ethan’s arrival, his condition worsened. He showed rapid breathing and neurological symptoms such as twitching. Emergency doctors rushed to save his life. After proper grooming, his twitching subsided and he even wagged his tail for the first time.

Dying guard dogImage: @ kyhumane / Facebook

Ethan is fighting for his life

Ethan’s still out of the woods, but he’s showing promising signs of recovery. Vets say they are “cautiously optimistic” that he will survive this. He has already faced all adversity and it is clear that he has a strong will to live.

“Ethan is still alive and in critical but stable condition in the veterinary clinic. He has started eating and drinking again, but he has to be held up to bite and swallow because he is too weak to hold his own head up. We take it very slowly and steadily and hope that he is strong enough to fight, ”KHS wrote on Facebook.

Ethan eatsImage: @ kyhumane / Facebook

This brave pup has already gained a lot of love and support through social media posts. Everyone stands up for him while he continues to make small improvements. KHS is still hoping to find out what happened to Ethan. So if you have any information about the incident please call Louisville Metro Animal Services at 502-473-7387.

The staff also encourage people to donate to support Ethan and the other animals in their care. Updates on Ethan’s health will continue to be posted on the KHS Facebook page. It’s a wonder Ethan is still alive and he looks like he’ll keep fighting for as long as possible.

Ethan is recoveringImage: @ kyhumane / Facebook


Ethan keeps getting better every day! Not only can he eat and drink unaided, but he also likes to play with toys like any other dog. In fact, many kind animal lovers have donated toys to Ethan, making him the happiest puppy in the world!

But the most exciting part of Ethan’s recovery is that he can now walk alone. He’s still a little wobbly at times, but he’s built up enough muscle to support his own weight. This is a huge improvement as he could barely raise his own head at first.

Ethane recoveryImage: @ kyhumane / Facebook

“He is fed every few hours and always has a big appetite. Look how quickly he got out of his nursery too! His legs become less wobbly and he is slowly getting a small muscle on his body. We are so amazed and proud of the progress made by this handsome man. Twelve days ago we held his head up so he could try to eat and drink. We had no idea if he would survive and if he would ever trust people again? Today he loves people, he eats and drinks alone and shows the world exactly what the real meaning of resilience is. Keep cheering him on! It made all the difference! “Wrote the Kentucky Humane Society.

Of course, Ethan still has a long way to go, but every day is another win for this pup. He’s not ready for his eternal home yet, but he really values ​​the love and support he’s received.

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Robert Dunfee