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He shivers constantly, unable to keep warm because he’s so emaciated. Tank, a two-and-a-half-year-old boxer, came into BC SPCA care grossly underweight, with a body condition score (BCS) of only one out of nine.
“Poor Tank weighs less than half of his ideal weight,” says BC SPCA Vancouver Branch manager Jodi Dunlop. “He’s skin and bones – he struggles to get comfortable because he’s lying on his bones, which causes him pain.”
In addition to his emaciated condition, Tank has pressure sores and a foreign object lodged in his intestines, which will require surgery to remove. The subject of an ongoing BC SPCA cruelty investigation, Tank’s medical care, treatment and recovery costs are expected to be $9,000.
A non-profit organization, the BC SPCA relies primarily on public donations to carry out its life-saving work in helping the province’s most vulnerable animals.
“It’s hard not to fall in love with this guy – despite everything he’s been through, he’s so affectionate and so eager to please,” says Dunlop, noting the two-and-a-half-year-old will be available for adoption when he has recovered from his surgery and gained some weight.
“We just want him to have a second change at a happy, healthy life in a loving, forever home.”
If you can help Tank and other animals like him at the Vancouver SPCA, you can donate online at spca.bc.ca/medicalemergency or in person at 1205 East 7th Ave., Vancouver.