Sassy was certainly no sassy lassie with her life on the line at the shelter. Four years old and a German Shepherd, Sassy became a resident of the Cleveland County Animal Control Services shelter in North Carolina on December 5th. She was severely emaciated and not in very good shape. Because her owners were being charged with cruelty, and in light of her poor condition, Sassy was available for rescue placement only.
The same day, Shellinda Hardie of Jericho’s Wish Animal Rescue in New Jersey urgently requested RADAR’s help with Sassy. We agreed to help and the rescue pulled Sassy and got her to the vet the next day, December 6th. There was some good news: Sassy did not have heartworms. But what was causing Sassy to be emaciated? After further testing, it turns out that Sassy has Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency or EPI. When dogs have this disorder, the proteins, starches, and fats found in their diet cannot be broken down into small enough pieces that allow them to be absorbed through the intestinal wall. The value and substance of the food, therefore, stays in the gastrointestinal tract and exits the dog’s body, undigested. The affected dog, without treatment, literally starves to death even though it may be constantly eating. While this is treatable, it must be treated for the rest of Sassy’s life.
While Sassy is in temporary boarding awaiting her transport to New Jersey, Shellinda did share this with us: “Sassy is a very sweet girl who loves everyone! We don’t know too much about her yet except she’s super sweet!” To see more photos of Sassy, click here.
RADAR paid all $136 of the initial vetting costs for Sassy.
UPDATE! All funds for Sassy have been raised! Thank you!
UPDATE! Sassy has been adopted!
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Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Sassy:
Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Mary Wilhelm; Debbie Crider; Benny Rothe; Nathalie Mainland
Added on December 30, 2016.