It’s just so sad to see animals being abused and treated as though they have no feelings. Sometimes, the conditions they are found in are enough to give you chills. The pooch in this story was found in a similar state. Officer Ron got a call about a dog abandoned in a park that was in a heartbreaking condition. When he finally saw the dog, he was just shocked. The poor dog was nothing but a bag of skin and bones, and he was so weak and emaciated that he could barely lift his head. He immediately called Providence Animal Center to get the dog to the vet.

The dog was named “Sly” after Sylvester Stallone, giving a nod to his famous role as the fighter Rocky. And just like the boxer, Sly turned out to be a true fighter indeed.

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Providence Animal Center posted online about Sly’s story, writing, “MEET OUR FIGHTER: At 12:00pm, our Humane Officers received a call about a dog who was seen in a park having trouble breathing. Officer Riggle has a tall list of to dos, but there was something nagging in him to go to Deshong Park, in Chester, right away. When he got there, a contractor familiar with the park helped guide Officer Ron to the area the complainant described. There, along the side of 11th and Crosby Streets, beyond a callery pear tree, was a large dog of skin and bones, who couldn’t even lift his head, a dog who had been left to die.”

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The vets didn’t waste any time and went to work on saving Sly’s life. The poor dog weighed only 50 pounds when he came to the center, which is half of his ideal weight. The vets realized that his stomach was shaved, so they thought that he had probably seen another vet recently for an ultrasound.

Once they took an x-ray, the vets noticed that a rope toy was blocking a part of his intestine. He needed emergency surgery to remove it, which would take a toll on his already weakened body. Thankfully, Sly made it through surgery and recovered well. He had a fighting spirit and just didn’t want to give up!

Providence Animal Center

The next day, Sly felt so much better. He could even stand on his own and had the energy to wag his tail. He seemed to understand that he was in good hands.

Providence Animal Center

Sly is being fostered by one of the vets that saved his life, Dr. Croce. The vet, along with his family, is making sure Sly is finally living a good life. The vets are sure that he will make a full recovery, and till he regains his strength, he will be in foster care. Once he is strong enough, he will be put up for adoption to find his forever home.

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