TUCSON (KVOA) - A dog is in need of help after it was left for dead on the streets of Mexico.
Sawyer was found nearly starved to death and suffering from tick fever in Hermosillo. The Southwest Oasis Labrador Rescue (SOLR) helped place him in foster home and nurse him back to health. He went from skin and bones to a happy, healthy pup.
It looked like a happy ending for the lab when he was adopted. But after just a couple of days with his new family, Sawyer was hit with a new tragedy - he suddenly couldn't walk.
SOLR took Sawyer back and committed to helping him. His vet says he has a systemic infection in his spinal fluid and his spinal bones. Doctors need to treat the infection and then do more tests to determine what is at the root of Sawyer's illness. He is on a special diet to make sure his medications don't upset his stomach. Sawyer is recovering at a foster home, but he is not allowed to move, a difficult feat for any lab.
Sawyer's vet bills have already topped $2,000 and that figure is expected to at least triple. SOLR is trying to raise money to cover his vet bills. The rescue group is holding a virtual walk-a-thon for Sawyer on February 27th. You can also make a donation if you don't participate in the walk-a-thon.