Stanley, an overweight and disabled Chihuahua was found abandoned in a crate on the side of a highway. Animal control picked up the 8-year-old dog. He was later transferred to Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge.
The dog was “abandoned, overweight, disabled, and completely helpless” according to Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge’s Facebook post.
Megan Brinster, Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge’s Executive Director told The Koala, “When we first rescued Stanley he was scared, unable to move much on his own, dangerously overweight weighing 2x as much as he should have, and in need of medical care.”
“He was taken to the hospital to make sure there was no underlying medical reason for his weight. But it was simply neglected in the form of overfeeding and not caring for him.”
However, Stanley was quick to warm up to his rescuers. He is currently residing with his foster mom.
Brinster also said that Stanley was unable to walk on his own. She said, “He has some deformities in his legs that were made worse by his excessive weight. That kind of weight also puts a lot of stress on his organs, joints, heart, and overall puts him at risk for severe disease and illness.”
But, RBAR is helping him lose weight and gain more mobility in his legs. Stanley’s diet is being “monitored closely by the vet to ensure he gets adequate nutrition while losing weight.”
Furthermore, Megan Brinster added, “We still need Stanley to lose some more weight before we can fit him for a proper wheelchair, and to reexamine his legs to ensure there is nothing else we can do for him. He will be starting physical therapy and that should help him as well.”
The Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge is currently looking for a “forever home” for Stanley.