A four-month-old female boxer mix is fighting for her life, but is blessed to have been placed in the care of DFW Rescue Me in Dallas, Texas. Isabella Justice, who has nearly 70 percent of her skin missing from shoulder to shoulder and down to her tail, spent Friday evening in an oxygen chamber to help with her healing. A Facebook entry described what is being done:
“She is receiving plasma daily. Her blood work continues to be good. She is also on heavy pain killers, antibiotics, and fluids. Her face is swollen in the video because of the fluids, but she is resting and comfortable. Isabella Justice is just a baby. Still has her baby teeth. We hope this works in her favor to be young. But such a horrific injury to one so young.”
Isabella’s tragic injuries happened one week ago when her owner called the Dallas Animal Services for help after their defenseless puppy showed up at her home in southwest Dallas with the egregious injuries. Her family is not able to afford the extraordinary expenses needed to help their puppy, so the case was referred to DFW Rescue Me.
Veterinarians have been optimistic about Isabella’s fight for her life, but continue to classify her condition as “guarded” considering the amount of skin loss.
According to wfaa.com, it has not been determined how Isabella was injured or whether it was an act of deliberate animal cruelty. Authorities state the puppy may have been caught under a fence or attacked by a coyote.
Dallas Animal Services continue to investigate.
Isabella will begin her long journey of rehabilitation next week at Texas A&M where she will need numerous skin grafts to repair the damage to her very young body.
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And from the rescue group’s Facebook page for anyone wondering if Isabella’s condition is too grave for veterinarians to try and save her:
“We will fight the fight with her. And should she ever tell us that she no longer wants to be in this fight, we will help her there as well. We will update her condition when possible. Positive thoughts and prayers are needed and appreciated.”
Wishing you positive thoughts Isabella Justice. Get well soon.
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