Severely abused, emaciated dog clings to life in VERG Brooklyn’s ICU
NEW YORK – Doctors from the Veterinary Emergency & Referral Group (VERG), a 24-hour specialty and emergency hospital for pets in Brooklyn, are treating a dog after it was found in life-threatening condition and rescued by good Samaritans who contacted Animal Haven.
Upon arrival at VERG, the approximately 4-year-old mixed-breed dog was given an exam, and X-rays were taken. The dog was named Timmie by rescuers and appears to be a border collie and American pit bull terrier mix, but is not easily discernable due to the dog’s serious medical condition.
Timmie was found unable to walk with wounds that appear intentional and his body is severely emaciated, meaning the dog is extremely thin and has apparently suffered neglect and has not received proper care for some time.
After thorough medical exams by VERG Brooklyn’s emergency team, Timmie was diagnosed with pneumonia and was transferred to VERG’s intensive care unit where he is being treated by board-certified critical care specialists. His treatment includes antibiotics, pain medication, fluids with nutritional supplements and supportive care.
“If Timmie pulls through this, it will take quite some time for a full recovery,” said Dr. Brett Levitzke, chief medical officer of VERG. “However, our team remains cautiously optimistic, and we will provide the best care possible to give Timmie the best chance of survival.”
According to rescuers, the dog was found under the Manhattan Bridge by Madison Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Anyone interested in donating to Timmie’s care can do so by visiting https://animalhaven.org/support/?form=RecoveryRoad or via Venmo @animalhaven
If anyone has any information about who this dog may have belonged to and who may have neglected him or abused him, they are urged to contact the New York Police Department.
VERG is open 24/7 throughout the year and is available to handle pet-related emergencies or trauma. For more information, please visit www.Verg-Brooklyn.com.
Veterinary Emergency & Referral Group (VERG) was formed in 2005 by Dr. Brett Levitzke to provide emergency services and specialty medicine to the Brooklyn community. Open 24-hours, seven-days-a-week, VERG’s team of emergency doctors, specialty doctors, technicians and assistants are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care within a nurturing environment. Their services include, cardiology, critical care, dermatology, emergency care, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, radiology and more. VERG can be reached at 718.522.9400 and is located at 196 4th Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11207.