Volunteers with Rescue Dogs Rock, a New York-based rescue organization, heard of the dog’s shocking condition, and immediately knew they had to help. The next morning, the rescue contacted animal control and had Champ transferred to a nearby clinic where he could get around-the-clock medical care.
“He was in terrible shape and he needed an immediate blood transfusion,” Jackie O'Sullivan, cofounder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, told The Dodo. “He had no muscle mass, he couldn’t regenerate red blood cells on his own, he was anemic and his gums were white.”
“He probably wouldn’t have lived another 12 hours,” O’Sullivan added. “It was that close.”