It was quite the debacle for Rocco. He entered the Aiken County Animal Shelter in South Carolina on October 1st as a stray. Three years old, Rocco was described as a Pit Bull and “Not Sure” mix! One thing was for sure, the combination of being black, a Pit Bull mix and heartworm positive put his life at risk. Because of his heartworm status, the shelter’s policy prohibited adoption. A rescue would be his only way out alive.

Even if Mary Lou Seymour of The Heart Beat Goes On program had been in Morocco, she would have interrupted her vacation to help Rocco! She began spreading the word about Rocco to rescues on October 6th. Mary Lou asked RADAR for assistance, and we agreed to help on October 12th. Dog Star Rescue in Connecticut committed to take Rocco on October 14th! His heartworm treatment had to be delayed after it was discovered that his liver enzymes were too high. Once that was resolved, he was bitten by a dog and had to have stitches on his muzzle. Finally, on November 25th, he received his heartworm treatment.

December Clark, Mary Lou’s partner with The Heart Beat Goes On program, told us that Rocco is lively and friendly with a beautiful black shiny coat. He was evaluated with good kennel approach. He is also good when taking a treat! Click here to view more photos of Rocco.

RADAR paid all of Rocco’s heartworm treatment costs, which totaled $350.

UPDATE! All funds for Rocco have been raised! Thank you!

UPDATE! Rocco has been adopted!

If you would like to help us have the ability to help other dogs, please visit our Donations page.

Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Rocco:

Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Black Dog Fund; Bully Breed Dog Fund; Mary Lou Seymour, in memory of her dog, Corey; Christine Sigmon; Kathleen Gillespie & Tom Garvey, in honor of their dog, Ginny (formerly Taffy)

Added on December 25, 2015.

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