Odie’s Place Rescue stepped up after a 3-month hiatus from doing any intakes and decided to save Rusty and welcome him to our All Star Team. Rusty arrived this past Monday night and was brought to Warren Animal Hospital for X-Rays and a neurological exam. After multiple tests, which included testing Rusty's sensation in his back toes (where he showed some movement) the results suggested that Rusty suffered damage to his vertebrae, which is causing disruptive pressure on his spinal cord.
Rusty now needs an MRI to determine the extent of damage, and to see if surgery may be feasible to help restore the functionality of his rear legs and give him back control of his bladder and bowel movements.
How this injury occurred will forever be a mystery (the shelter never provides the prior owner’s identity to rescues) but our mission is very clear. Odie’s Place Rescue will do whatever we can to restore Rusty’s functionality and find him the best forever home.