GRAPHIC CONTENT WARNING: The following post contains mentions of torture, abuse and graphic images of injuries.
Poor Nelson is a good dog who was unbelievably abused by human hands. But despite the abuse and cruelty that treated this three-year-old boy, he still loves people and has won every heart at the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia (HSNEGA).
Nelson’s rescue began when a dog lover saw him wandering lost and confused along a road in Jackson County, GA and immediately recognized something was wrong. Stopping to help, the kind soul saw that this poor pup was in excruciating pain because someone had tied a noose around his penis, and the injury he caused was horrific.
Horrible and deliberate abuse
On Facebook, the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia reported that Nelson “hadn’t stopped crying since he came” into their care.
“A zip tie had been tied so tightly around his penis that it had swelled up, so much so that the tissue had begun to die. . . and as you can imagine, this was excruciatingly painful for poor Nelson.”
The team at the University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital removed the bridle and did what they could to save the penis, but “unfortunately, after each attempt, it was concluded that he had suffered penile necrosis due to organ strangulation.”
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The organ could not be saved, but thanks to the extraordinary skill of the UGA team, Nelson’s urethra was rerouted to save urinary function.
“It was horrible,” HSNEGA shelter manager Garrett Williams told Fox 5 Atlanta. “In my 11 years of working in animal welfare, this is one of the worst cases of deliberate animal cruelty I have ever seen. It is shocking that any human could be able to inflict so much pain on an animal.”
Allison Mayfield, Executive Director of HSNEGA, shared: “I literally lay on my office floor with him for hours crying. I could never imagine why someone would do that to such a sweet boy.”
“We want people to know that cruelty to animals is a very real thing and that we are going to fight with everything we have.”
The road to healing will be long.
While Nelson has been rescued from the cruelty inflicted on him, he still has a lot of work to do because “even the simple act of urinating is agonizing for Nelson, requiring intensive care and painkillers until he’s healed.”
But through the next several months of healing, the kind hearts of HSNEGA will remain with you. And though the pain she suffered came from human hands, “Nelson’s love for people remains.”
Click here to see the full extent of Nelson’s injuries or donate towards his recovery.
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Featured Image: Humane Society of Northeast Georgia/Facebook