Joey is looking and feeling much better as his condition continues to improve with treatment. And he really enjoys playing with his special toy sent by Teeny's Friends in Texas.
Someone Neglected Joey…Will You Be There for Him Now?
Picasso Veterinary Fund in Action! (March 2010)
When NYPD officers found Joey tied up to a bench at a beach in Far Rockaway on a cold February morning, he was more than a sight for sore eyes; he was the picture of the shameful result of neglect, to the point of abuse, that someone had perpetrated against this calm young dog.
Malnourished at 48 pounds and suffering from a horrific case of demodectic mange that had advanced to the point where it ruptured his hair follicles, the year-and-a-half old Pit mix also suffers from a bacterial skin infection secondary to the mange that involves three different types of bacteria. He also has a deep wound on his front left leg.
And, not surprising, Joey has a cold.
The police officers took Joey to the Animal Care & Control of NYC (AC&C) Manhattan shelter, where a veterinarian examined him. AC&C immediately asked the Mayor's Alliance to take Joey into the Picasso Veterinary Fund program, and he was soon on is way to NYC Veterinary Specialists, one of our Picasso partners, for emergency care.
Hospital staff began treatment for Joey's mange and other ailments right away, and they made him as comfortable as possible. He is responding well to the care he is receiving at the hospital. The treatment for mange, including baths and oral medications, will last between four and six months, but the discomfort will ease much sooner. In the meantime, his mange is not contagious to people or other animals. And the wound on his leg is healing nicely.
Joey was suffering from extreme neglect when NYPD officers found him abandoned and tied to a bench one cold February day.
When Joey's condition has improved to where he can leave the hospital, he will be transported to Tails of Love Animal Rescue, an AC&C New Hope Partner, that will care for him until they find him a loving home. If you are interested in adopting Joey, you can contact Tails of Love at TailsofLoveAnimalRescue@gmail.com.
Joey's story captured the hearts of people around the world when his photo began appearing on the Internet. One UK resident named Natalie learned about Joey on Twitter and contacted the Mayor's Alliance for information. Then she posted Joey's story, and a plea for donations to the Picasso Veterinary Fund, on her blog, Natalie's blog.
And Katy McDougall of Teeny's Friends, a group in Austin, Texas, that conducts toy drives for shelter animal in the area, sent Joey a special toy to keep his spirits up while he heals.
The Picasso Veterinary Fund of the Mayor's Alliance is paying for Joey's medical care. But those costs are significant, and your charitable gift to the fund can help us pay not only for Joey's care, but also for crucial medical care for other AC&C animals who are sick or injured. The Picasso Veterinary Fund is a lifeline for hundreds of dogs and cats each year, allowing us to save many lives that, without the fund, would be lost.
Please make your tax-deductible donation today. By the time Joey is ready for his new home, we'll have many, many more animals who need medical care. Please be there for Joey and other dogs and cats who depend on you to care.