If it wasn't for Melissa De Feis, a volunteer at Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, a neglected Staffordshire terrier mix puppy named Harding would have been put down.
Instead, he was saved from the DeKalb County Animal Shelter and taken to Georgia Veterinary Specialists where veterinarians ran a battery of tests to find out what is wrong with him.
"It is hard to say what exactly is going on with him," Dr. Chris Piscitelli said. "His issues could range from immune disease, to potentially cancer, to a wound that needs to be treated over time, a chemical burn is a possibility. We are hoping for the best for this dog. But, he does have a long road to recover. The hope is he does have a disease that is treatable and responds well."
Piscitelli said his team didn't know how Harding ended up in the condition in which he was found, and couldn't rule a severe case of animal abuse or neglect, either.
Harding was taken to the DeKalb County Animal Shelter on Wednesday, but the information about his owner was unknown.
"He was within hours of being euthanized, he was in a lot of pain and it wouldn't be fair for the shelter to keep him longer than a day," De Feis said. "He is a puppy, and he hasn't lived his life and he has already suffered so much, potentially at the hands of someone. At the very minimum he has been neglected, if he hasn't been chemically burned. And I thought he deserved a second chance at life, and to know that not all humans are bad."
Harding will have to stay at the animal hospital through Sunday, maybe longer.
Doctors need to take biopsies, a dermatologist will check his skin and another specialist will run tests on his vision.
It may be hard to imagine, but when Harding arrived at the hospital he looked a lot worse, but he was given a medicated bath and antibiotics.
Doctors said Harding would be kept in isolation until they know he's not contagious to other dogs.
The case of a dog nearly decapitated by her owner touched people world-wide. Monterion Dionte Davis, 19, was arrested for allegedly tying Hope to a tree out in the woods in Forsyth County with an electricalMore>>
Sunday, March 9 2014 7:59 PM EDT2014-03-09 23:59:38 GMT
Buckeye shooting leaves one dead
Buckeye police are looking for a suspect who shot a tow truck driver early Sunday afternoon and then fled. Officer Tamela Skaggs said the suspect was last seen heading west on MC85. She said the truckMore >
Witnesses said they heard somewhere between four to five gunshots and found a man lying on the side of the road in front of Don Lalo Auto Repair.More >
Sunday, March 9 2014 3:04 PM EDT2014-03-09 19:04:53 GMT
(Source: CBS 5 News)
An administrative law judge with the NTSB ruled Thursday that the FAA has no decision making authority over the operation of unmanned aerial systems (UAS, also known as UAVs or drones) temporarily clearingMore >
An administrative law judge with the NTSB ruled Thursday that the FAA has no decision making authority over the operation of unmanned aerial systems. More >
Sunday, March 9 2014 10:04 AM EDT2014-03-09 14:04:05 GMT
Reported kidnapping in Phoenix
A woman was kidnapped at gunpoint Saturday evening, Phoenix police said. It happened near 67th Avenue and Coolidge. Officers said she was walking northbound on 67th Avenue when a car came up behind her. PoliceMore >
Police released a grainy video of what they said was a kidnapping on 67th Avenue near Coolidge. The video shows a woman being thrown into a white car Saturday afternoon. More >
A 45-year-old man is dead after a cab struck him in Scottsdale early Sunday morning, police said. The man had left a nearby restaurant before 1:30 a.m. and walked across Scottsdale Road, said ScottsdaleMore >
The man had left a nearby restaurant before 1:30 a.m. and walked across Scottsdale Road, said Scottsdale police Officer David Pubins.More >
Friday, February 28 2014 3:27 AM EST2014-02-28 08:27:54 GMT
On a rainy Monday afternoon, the buzz of air-powered tools rattled through the garage at CSC Lifts, Liners, and Accessories. The experienced hands of Darrell Carmena applied just the right pressure toMore >
A truck, the man of men, holds so many memories for a family. This fitting tribute is a chance to live on through the work, the sweat and the mud.More >
Sunday, March 9 2014 4:09 PM EDT2014-03-09 20:09:25 GMT
Falled first responders honored
Three fallen Arizona law enforcement officers were honored Sunday during an annual memorial run and walk fundraiser in Phoenix. Fallen Phoenix Police Detective John Hobbs, Arizona Department of PublicMore >
Fallen Phoenix Police Detective John Hobbs, Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer Tim Huffman and Phoenix Police Officer Daryl Raetz were remembered by participants.More >
Sunday, March 9 2014 4:56 PM EDT2014-03-09 20:56:22 GMT
(Source: CBS 5 News)
One man was wounded and another was being questioned by police following a shooting Saturday afternoon at a nail salon in Mesa. There was a large police presence at Elite Nail Salon at Power Road andMore >
Police detectives said the shooter was a former employee who quit his job and had to stop by the salon to pick up some of his materials.More >
An early St. Patrick's Day celebration around the University of Massachusetts' flagship campus known as "Blarney Blowout" spun out of control Saturday as police officers in riot gear arrested more than 70...More >
An early St. Patrick's Day celebration around the University of Massachusetts' flagship campus known as "Blarney Blowout" spun out of control Saturday as police officers in riot gear arrested more than 70 people...More >