Saving Orson

Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 10:05 AM.

We had to do something.”

The options were to perform the surgery or put Orson down.

Townsend began reaching out to rescue groups that specialize in assisting with difficult animal cases.

A rescue shelter in Tampa responded to the call. The shelter will undertake the heart worm regimen and perform the surgeries.

“They have even lined up a foster home for him,” Townsend said.

With a light at the end of the tunnel, Townsend and her staff set out to build Orson’s strength for the trip to Tampa and the looming surgeries.

“We treated his pain, gave him antibiotics and steroids for the cough he got from the heartworms,” Townsend said. “We fed him, kept him comfortable and prepared him for the trip to Tampa.”



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