Rooney is in his foster home ! YIPPEE
He continues to heal !
The video is a reminder of the horrific shape Rooney was in when he came to us . Severely emaciated with a maggot infestation like most have never seen . They were eating him alive . He had deep wounds . He had very little chance of survival. But we ( including you ) did not give up on him ! Rooney is truly another miracle that The Arrow Fund had the privilege of helping . We are so thankful to you all ….
Rooney is now with Barb Lewis , his foster mom . Rooney is loving the attention and the regular meals ! He is slowly adding the weight he so desperately needed . Rooney still needs to go to the surgeon for regular bandage changes and we do think he will need another surgery that will include a skin graft . Dr. Josh Bruce and staff really pulled this boy through !
Update – Rooney
Rooney came to us with the worst maggot infestation most of us have ever witnessed. Plus , he was a body scale 1 of 9. He was severely emaciated with horrid wounds . On intake he was barely alive . It is a true miracle this boy is still with us !
We love Rooney so much !
Rooney is currently at Blue Pearl and will be moved to his foster home soon . He has been at Blue Pearl for weeks now under 24 hour medical care .
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Update – Rooney
Emaciated and maggot infested Coonhound . Rooney had many horrible infected wounds and sustained blunt force trauma to the head . Rooney was near death upon arrival. It is truly a miracle that he survived .
Rooney has had numerous blood and plasma transfusions. Now our main concerns are keeping his bandages changed and weight gain . Rooney is eating well , but so much energy has been going to heal his wounds ,the weight gain has not happened yet . But we feel he will start gaining soon ! This precious boy is just a joy to be around ! Rooney is still at Blue Pearl .
Update – Rooney
Look who has his head up !
The 2 pictures are from today but I wanted to show you an unseen video from two days ago . We can’t forget what he is battling underneath the bandages .
Today our heart sank when we were told that with all of the transfusions (2 blood and 3 plasma ) and his blood levels looking better that Rooney should not be so flat and mentally inappropriate. He could lift his head and barely drink but would not eat or try to move . So it was determined that Rooney had suffered a blow to the head in addition to all of the other abuses . We were told they would do an advanced CT scan but would first try a drug called Mannitol that may help pull fluid off of the brain . Almost immediately Rooney responded and was trying to move but sadly after a few hours went back to the flat mentally inappropriate state . A second dose of Mannitol was given and it seems to have really made a difference . Those two pictures are of Rooney tonight . He even ate a small amount of food ! We are hoping his brain trauma will improve .
The video is from two days ago . I wanted everyone to see he still has a lot of places to heal . We are pleased to report that his temperature is at 97 now – 99 to 101 is normal but it certainly beats 91 ! Rooney still has a belly full of rocks . We hope most will pass through on their own . He still is not a good candidate for surgery . He is a body scale 1 of 9 . Very emaciated.
Dr. Bruce is managing his wound care each day . We are taking one day at a time and we sure appreciate your kind support .
Rooney has been through so much . To have gotten this far is a miracle … we sure hope we all get to see this boy romp and play and find his forever family ! We really love him !
Adult male Coonhound found underneath a train in Perry County , Kentucky. Severely emaciated and maggot infested . Many open wounds are present . Anemic . Rooney is at present in critical condition in ICU .
I honestly do not know where to begin on this case . Rooney , our boy has suffered greatly . This truly is the stuff nightmares are made of .
The maggot infestation and nests were unlike anything I have seen . Layers upon layers of maggots embedded in his skin . We ended up having to shave this baby over a drain to try to get the majority of them off . His wounds are many and severe . Infection is present . We are fighting hard to keep his temperature up . It has been 91.3 for most of the day , it is now at 94.5 , still cold . He has a bair hugger on him to help him . A technician is assigned just to watch him .
Thus far Rooney has received one blood transfusion and he is now completing his 2nd plasma transfusion. Rooney is a body scale 1 of 9 . He is severely emaciated.
An ultrasound revealed his belly is full of rocks . Most likely he ate the rocks while collapsed on the train track . Many times dogs will just eat anything when starving . We are hoping many will pass on their own . Some could potentially be a problem in the future . Surgery is not an option at this point .
Dr. Bruce cleaned and bandaged his wounds today and he did insert a urinary catheter . His wounds will be evaluated each day . Many thanks to Chris, his Vet tech last night, for the gentle care while shaving him and the hours of attempting to remove the unbelievable amount of maggots . Thanks to Alissa and Dr . Emma Adam as well !
Also I received a call from a new company starting up in Louisville- Protech Solutions who sponsored a room for our transporters Minnie and Timber . These girls drove a long way in the dark to get Rooney to us . Every second mattered ! Thank you Protech Solutions – what a beautiful way to make a difference !
Incoming – Rooney
Adult Coonhound found underneath a train with horrific wounds . His wounds are maggot infested . Gums are white .
He is being administered IV fluids while transporting. Rooney is very critical. ETA is about 2:00 am . This is a 3 and 1/2 hour transport. We sure hope this boy can make it ….
Our thanks to our transporters Minnie Owsley and Timber ! We also want to thank Tabitha Gray , Anthony Pennington, and Caleb Couch for searching until they found this poor boy .