We have an uplifting update on Courage, the dog whose will to live beat out five weeks without water or food (not counting the dirt and rocks he consumed to ease his painful tummy). The beautiful 3-year-old German shepherd has gained 20 pounds since his rescue on April 7, and continues to thrive under the loving care of his foster home and his veterinarian, Bill Grant. It is so heartening to see his progress. Looking at the photos, it’s hard to believe this is the same dog who was little more than a panting skeleton two weeks ago, down to 37 pounds from his original frame of 80 to 85 pounds.
Meanwhile, his now-former owner, Kimberly Nizato (who turns out to be a kennel assistant, not a vet tech), will be arraigned at the Bellflower, Calif., courthouse on May 12. She has been charged with a felony count of animal cruelty and a misdemeanor count of failure to provide care, reports the Orange County Register.
According to German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County, which is behind Courage’s rescue and miraculous recovery, Courage is walking more each day, and “has found his voice! This is one talkative dog–he has a lot to say! He is still bony but not as frail and he definitely has more stamina! Hurray!”
If you would like daily updates of Courage, the German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County is providing them on this page.
Here’s another current photo of Courage. What a great way to end our week!
(Photos: German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County)