Breed: Dogue de Bordeaux
Weight: 101 pounds
Current Location: Rowlett, Texas
Adoption Date: October 31, 2020
Adopted by: Brian and Anna Marie Pittman
He was brought to our attention 2 days ago. He was in a shelter in San Antonio an owner surrender, he came in without even having a name.
His condition is obvious and the reason is obvious too but good luck proving it. He was helped out of the shelter by a girl named Heather who is a volunteer for Austin Bulldog Rescue that specialize in English Bulldogs, they are responsible for helping this beautiful boy out of the shelter, we reached out to help because we all know that the Dogue De Bordeaux is a breed we have a great deal of experience with. Heather took this big boy to their vet at Acorn Hill Animal Hospital to examine him. We were informed that he is emaciated, covered in ticks and has this horrific infected wound around his leg. It is very clear that he was tethered and the worst thing possible happend. His leg became entangled in his tether with nobody to notice or care, it cut off the circulation, it wore a horrific wound in his leg, causing nerve damage and sadly the vet who examined him said he has no feeling in his foot. I sent the video to Dr. Reno and she said it looked like radial nerve damage and the outcome will most likely be very poor. How long hs he suffered with this? How long was his leg tangled? who knows but it didnt happen overnight and nothing was done to care for him other than taking him to the shelter which in iteself I suppose we can be grateful for.
We worked together with Austin Bulldog Rescue to bring him into our care and transfer him over to Dog Ranch Rescue where we will give him everything possible to help him with anything at all that he needs.
Ricky drove all the way down to San Antonio again to retrieve him from Heather and turn around and drive him towards our ER who can continue with pain meds and antibiotics that Austin Bulldog Rescue already began. We will transfer him in the morning to Dalls Veterinary Surgical Center to asses his leg and give us their best advice moving forward.
We are sickened, as Travis said it is a gut punch to look at him struggle with his leg that no longer works due to neglect. I know the outrage you all feel, and I know that people want someone to go after the owner, that task belongs to someone else. I opt to look forward to what can be done but I fear that this big boy will lose his leg, I hope to hear something otherwise but I am prepared to hear the worst.
We will name him after a 20 year veteran police officer with the Plano Police Dept and who now serves as a Deputy Constable for Collin County. He can always be found with supply bags for the homeless to pass out whenever he comes across someone in need, and we feel like this is a good fit for this boy who is in wo much need himself.
Thank you to Heather, Austin Bulldog Rescue and Ricky for coming to his aid and bringin him into our care.
Welcome to Dog Ranch Rescue Joe Wolf
Ricky has safely picked up Joe Wolf and is enroute to the ER, his Eta will be 8:30. As you can see the wound on this leg is horrific and badly infected. I do want to talk about the potential of having to remove this leg just to give you some information on that. Lot’s of dogs live with 3 legs that is very, very true. Here is the difficult part, he is a Mastiff and they are large and heavy and carry the majority of their weight in their chest, they are referred to as a barrel chested breed. A large dog like a Dogue De Bordeaux has the dogs front legs carrying the majority of their body weight. Can he live without that leg? yes he can, but it won’t be a breeze like it would be with a dog that distributes its weight equally through his body. It will be cumbersome for him to move about, it will put a lot of wear on his leg that is healthy, but it’s certainly not impossible and if that is what he needs then that is what we will do.
The only good news is that he’s been dragging this leg around for a while, he is used to it, he has learned how to use it as a peg, like a crutch almost. There is a company that makes prosthetics for dogs, similar to a peg leg but I don’t know if this boy will even keep a portion of his leg to keep a prosthetic on. It’s all information we will be gathering as we work through the viability of his leg, and what is best for him and his future quality of life.
We’ve got you Joe, a village strong with 170,000 people we’ve all got you.
I knew the call was coming this morning and I dreaded getting it. Dr. Wilkins called me right at 8:00 am sharp, he had already looked at Joe Wolfe and as he delivered the information to me I knew that none of it was surprising but I still had hoped it would be better.
He told me this leg was in horrible condition and it had been like that for at least a month if not longer. The infection was horrific and necrotic. He said that Joe’s shoulder muscle had already begun atrophying due to his inability to use his leg properly. He felt that he most likely had suffered this wound from being tethered, tangled, and unnoticed for a long enough time to inflict this laceration and cause substantial nerve damage. I don’t know how long that is, but I feel pretty damn positive it was a long time, which is disgusting and despicable. He clearly wasn’t fed very often so I envision him tethered outside, leg tangled and cutting off the circulation but nobody notices because they clearly went outside to feed him infrequently, so why would it be noticed that his leg was tangled. ,
I refuse to let the abuse we see in dogs darken my view on humanity, I always insist there are far better good people than bad, but this guy got a raw deal and ended up in a place that caused him suffering that no dog should endure.
Dr. Wilkins told me that the damage was too far gone with little to no hope of it improving, he has no feeling in his foot and it’s not going to improve. He said it has to come off, I said do you offer me any hope that we could treat the infection and nurse him along? he said his pain is significant, his infection and necrosis is significant and the kindest thing for him is to remove it. I asked can we leave a portion of his leg where a prosthetic would be possible? he said no, the necrosis above the wound is just as horrific as the necrosis below the wound. The leg needs to come all the way off all the way to his shoulder.I didn’t want to hear it, but I did hear it and the decisions we make are always, always what is best for the dog and not what we want to happen.
I expressed my obvious concern as a Mastiff owner and lover of him now having to carry his weight in his front heavy body on one leg, knowing that barrel chested dogs carry the largest percentage of their weight on the front legs. He said he knew what my concern is but he feels that Joe is going to feel a whole lot better once this leg is off, he will learn to ambulate himself, will he be an athlete? no he will not..will it be a struggle for him? yes it will.
We have to come away with being thankful that it hasn’t cost him his life, but it has cost him the ease of moving around with 4 healthy legs.
He went to surgery and had this terrible leg removed, Dr. Wilkins called me after the surgery and said it was far worse on the inside compared to what you could see on the outside and without a doubt there was nothing else to do but free him of this devastated limb.
It breaks my heart to see him laying there recovering but we will stay positive, and help him discover his new way of being, moving, and living. He will spend the weekend in the hospital, I want to make sure he’s got eyes on him, and his bandage and plenty of good pain meds at his disposal.
His medical bills have quickly climbed to over 4,000 and will most likely climb to over 5,000 when he is ready to check out. Kylee’s surgery is expense is at 3,200 right now and she will remain hospitalized as well. Abrahams medical bills are sitting right around 1,200 and he will stay in the hospital until Monday, so with just these 3 dogs our expenses are around 12,000 by the time they are all released.
Joe Wolfe will go home with Travis once he is checked out, he will need someone strong enough to lift him and help him learn to move about. Joe is sitting at 100 pounds and he is emaciated so he is a big boy. Dr. Wilkins said it is imperative that he remains lean for the rest of his life, the last thing he needs is to be carrying unnecessary pounds on his body.
So for now this gorgeous boy is resting and monitored to make sure he doesn’t feel any pain, we have and will continue to give him anything and everything he needs.
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