Dog clinging to life after being left to die in a Tennessee river

June 21, 2016

Update June 21, 6:30 pm EST Poseidon needs a new name because ‘he’ is a ‘she’ and is an older dog. This dog has been in the river long enough that she has algae growing on her. She is hospitalized with significant injuries.

A dog in clinging to life after being left to die in a Tennessee River this afternoon, Facebook: Big Fluffy Dog Rescue reported June 21. This despicable act was intentional, according to the rescue, and his chance of survival is unknown at this time.

Now dubbed Poseidon, the Great Pyrenees/lab mix was found nearly dead in a remote location. Poseidon was so weak he could barely hold his head above water on a ledge in the river. Unable to swim or get out of the River, Poseidon was spotted by a couple on a canoe trip, and Big Fluffy Dog Rescue was contacted to help save his life.

Poseidon is too weak to walk and has a large wound on his left flank. He’s in shock and has lost a lot of blood. Three dogs at Big Fluffy Dog Rescue have graciously stepped up to donate blood, as he will need a transfusion. He will most likely be admitted for around the clock care, and this costs money. If you would like to donate toward Poseidon’s care, click here for the rescue’s website. More heartbreaking photos have been posted on their Virtual Fluffies blog. Their Facebook page issued a statement Tuesday afternoon

“I hate people more than I can say, but I am incredibly grateful to the folks on the river that stepped in to rescue this dog from imminent death.”

Certain information and pictures pending a discussion with law enforcement are being withheld. Updates will be posted as they become available. Please keep this poor boy in your thoughts and prayers. Anyone with information is asked to contact Big Fluffy Dog Rescue on Facebook.

Big Fluffy Dog Rescue is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping giant breed mixed breed dogs in need. They value dogs of all breeds, but specialize in what the name says: big, fluffy dogs. They have volunteers in several states in the South and New England who work to help homeless big fluffy dogs find a home to call their own.


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