VERG treating Saint Vincent, injured dog found in garbage bag with mouth taped shut
Named by his rescuers, Saint Vincent is being treated by our emergency veterinarians and specialists after being rescued from a garbage bag in East New York on Tuesday night.
The 10 to 12-year-old, shepherd-mix, male dog, was reportedly found near Jackie Robinson Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue when a good Samaritan noticed a black garbage bag moving, along with sounds of difficulty breathing.
The Good Samaritan immediately contacted NYPD officers, who responded and cut the bag open to find the injured dog with his mouth taped shut, rescuers said.
According to volunteers with New York Bully Crew, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping animals in need, NYPD contacted them for help, and assisted with transporting Saint Vincent to VERG, a specialty and emergency hospital for pets.
Emergency veterinarians at VERG examined Saint Vincent and began treating him with IV fluids, pain medication and antibiotics. He is not currently able to move his hind legs, which is believed to be due to a neurological condition. Due to the nature of his condition, Saint Vincent is scheduled to be transferred to VERG-North Wednesday where he will undergo an MRI and see a veterinary neurologist to diagnose further required treatment.
“It is evident that Saint Vincent has bilateral hip dysplasia and he may have some additional spinal issues, which is why we are transferring him to our north location to see a neurologist,” said Dr. Brett Levitzke, medical director of VERG. “His prognosis is currently guarded, but we are hopeful that he will be able to continue with treatment and recover.”
Anyone with information about the person who did this to Saint Vincent is urged to contact the ASPCA or NYPD.
“Someone out there knows who did this and we are hoping that with this media attention, we’ll be able to help law enforcement authorities catch them and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law,” said Craig Fields, founder of New York Bully Crew.
Additionally, anyone interested in donating to the care of Saint Vincent can do so by visiting positivetails.org or nybullycrew.org. New York Bully Crew has taken responsibility for Saint Vincent and is planning to rehome him after he is medically able to be adopted.
For more information about Saint Vincent, please visit https://www.nybullycrew.org/dogs-for-adoption/dire-cases/saint-vincent/