Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Walter's Story

On Easter Sunday night, our dear friend Alex Darsey was walking by his house on 15th Street and 3rd Avenue in Brooklyn, when a scared little puppy approached him out of nowhere. A neighbor told Alex that they had seen someone throw the puppy out of a car and drive off.

Alex brought him home and named him Walter. Walter was incredibly malnourished, dehydrated and was suffering from a severe case of Mange. On top of that it appears that his previous owners used some sort of chemical (like bleach or ammonia) in a cruel and misguided effort to treat the Mange. The fact that human beings could treat an innocent puppy this way and then leave him on the street to die is unfathomable, not to mention criminal.

We brought him to the emergency room that night and to the Vet the following morning, and while all doctors agreed that Walter has a long road ahead, they felt that his condition is treatable, and that he has a chance to grow up and lead a healthy, normal life. They estimate that he is between 2 and 3 months old. He is INCREDIBLY SWEET AND LOVING.

A group of us collectively decided to try to help Walter get better. The vet put him on antibiotics and anti-parisite medication, we bathed him with medicated soap to help sooth his inflamed, raw skin. After a few days of bathes, good meals and lots of love and attention from his new family, Walter seemed to be doing really well.

However, 2 days ago, Walter lost his appetite, and his body temperature and electrolytes began to drop rapidly. We brought him into the emergency room again, His temperature was so low it didn't register on the thermometer. They put him in a sort of heated incubator and are giving him fluids through an IV. Presently his Mange is so bad that he no longer has his fur to act has an immune defense. His body is like a sponge for bacteria and infection, and he is so weak that he cannot fight it on his own. That being said, Walter is fighting...his white blood cell count is high (which means his body is aggressively trying to fight off the infection), and his general condition has improved since he admitted 2 days ago.

Over the course of the last few days we have had to ask ourselves whether it is in Walter's best interest to continue treatment...He is not in pain, and he is fighting to survive. The doctors feel that with time and care he can beat the infection. Unfortunately emergency care is very expensive, and we simply don't know how long he'll have stay there. As long as he is fighting to stick around, we will fight with him. Any help you could offer would be immensely appreciated. There is no shortage of people to care for this little man and he does have a home waiting for him, we need to get him strong enough to make it there.

We wouldn't want to make a decision about this little guy's future based on an inability to continue to pay for medical care. We are all doing our best to come up with whatever we can, but our pockets are only so deep. Though Walter has only been on this earth a few months, he has suffered greatly and had only known a life of pain, neglect, and abuse until he found us. Please help us give Walter a new start and a chance to live the life he deserves, one filled with love, and happiness (and lots of treats!)

No Donation is too small. You can donate by clicking the button below.
Please pass this along to anyone you know who may be interested in helping save little Walter.

For more pictures, updates an to become a fan of Walter please visit his facebook page.

Walter is being treated at The Veterinary Emergency Referral Group and his primary care doctor is Hope Vet.

Thank you for your help and support

-Walter, Alex, Shawna, Kevo, Ro and Kenan


  1. oh my gosh. poor, poor puppy! You guys are so good to take care of him.

  2. What a sweet little thing! His story brought tears to my eyes. Thank goodness for people like you!

  3. I'm going to tweet the heck out of this!
    I hope it gets you more help!

    Good luck with your care, Walter! You can do it!
    This is something you will look back on for the rest of your life, you guys. Keep going!

  4. Where's the donate button? I don't have access to facebook, but if you would put a donate button in the sidebar, I'd be happy to chip in!

  5. Poor lil' bunny, I hope my student sized donation helps. Please feel free to contact me for nutritional and skin healin' advice when he gets a bit better (I've got loads of animal care experience). Good luck, I've got my fingers and toes crossed.

  6. Such a sad start for this baby. I'm glad I saw this on the news. He is such a cutie pie and I wish I could meet him (I'll try to catch an event soon if there is one). I hope my donation helps, thank god for people like you. We can make this a better world, one pet and act of kindness at a time.

  7. I came across this site via Twitter and I've been fundraising for Walter all morning! He is such a sweet boy and so lucky to have found you all! Thank you for all that you have done to care for him! I especially love that you had a beer bust fundraiser for him! Keep getting better, buddy! We love you!

  8. OMG I don't have much but I'll donate and circulate to everyone I know, please keep us all posted on Walter's progress!

  9. I saw this in the Metro this morning and asked them to include the donation info tomorrow...crossing paws. I've been raising funds all day for sweet Walter. Bless you for this.

  10. Walter has been on my mind ever since I heard his story and it breaks my heart at how inhuman people can be. I rescued my dog who was amazing and the joy of life every moment for the past 12 years until his passing 2 months ago. He gave a good fight the last 4 years and I know how costly and stressful this must be, you are all doing a wonderful thing for him and the reward will come with the improvement of his health. I really am sending all the positive energy I can to you all and to Walter. You've done a good thing.

  11. Where is the donate button? How do I donate?

  12. You POOR dog I hope you get better very soon.

  13. You guys are amazing for doing this. Vamos, Walter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I'm from Argentina and my friends from Buenos Aires are donating as we speak!
    People who mistreat animals need to suffer the worst pain possible. How can someone do something like that?
    Best to you all!!!!!!!!! I'm also a Brooklyn resident. KEEP UP THE F*AMAZING WORK.

  14. Do you update everyone on the amount you've raised in donations so far?