5.20.17 Update on Marley: We have good news to share about Marley. After her blood transfusion, testing has shown that she is able to produce her own red blood cells which means she should not need any further transfusions and will continue to heal. Our veterinarians are expecting Marley to make a full recovery and she should be placed in a foster home sometime next week. We will continue to keep you updated on her progress. Thank you for all of your support.
Eyewitnesses thought a dog tied to a fence in North Charleston was dead, when she was found on Garrett Avenue Tuesday afternoon. The female Chow mix was covered in fleas and ants and was unable to stand. Marley was emaciated and her gums were pale, a sign that she was in need of emergency care. “We need the public’s help to find out what happened,” said Charleston Animal Society Director of Anti-Cruelty & Outreach Aldwin Roman. “This didn’t happen overnight, someone must know something.” Marley is almost 25-percent under her normal body weight. She currently weighs 31-pounds, but should weigh 40-pounds.
Marley was brought to Charleston Animal Society by North Charleston Animal Control. After she was stabilized at Charleston Animal Society, she was transferred to Veterinary Specialty Care in North Charleston where she received a blood transfusion. Marley is now resting at Charleston Animal Society and her prognosis is guarded. “Sometimes the bone marrow doesn’t respond to the blood transfusion. We should know more in two or three days,” said Charleston Animal Society Senior Director of Veterinary Care Lucy Fuller. “Marley was stable Wednesday morning and much brighter and alert.” One issue veterinarians will be looking for are any underlying medical conditions.
If you are struggling to care for your pet and need help, there are resources in our community.
- The Animal Resource Center (www.CharlestonAnimalSociety.org/getpethelp): This is an online resource center for animal owners that will help solve a variety of issues.
- Charleston Animal Society Food Bank: In 2016, Charleston Animal Society provided 55,000-pounds of food to families in need.
- Visit Charleston Animal Society: We can help find solutions for pet owners, in a judgement-free environment.
- To help victims of abuse and neglect like Marley, you can give to the Caitlyn Anti-Cruelty fund at www.CharlestonAnimalSociety.org/caitlyn