"He was in horrible condition, actually on his deathbed," O'Conner said. "When I got him, he smelled of urine and was so dirty and matted. I got him shaved down as much as possible and then we realized he was half the weight he should have been. He also wouldn't stand up all the way, even when walking, as if kept in a small space all the time."
O'Conner immediately rushed Benson to the vet, and the prognosis didn't look good. Benson had liver disease, an ear infection, a viral infection, eye infections and urinary infections, and was also extremely malnourished. The vet told O'Conner not to get too attached to Benson, because he was surely going to die.