Hi. I am a former sheltie rescuer. I am currently heavily involved in parrot rescue. But once a rescuer always a rescuer, and the animals know.
Yesterday afternoon my teens (15) were at a park. Out of the woods came the HUGEST, thinnest, weakest GSD. He beelined it to my son and calmly asked to be petted. My son called and begged us to come.
The guy is so starved that his hind end barely works. His head and front body are huge, then you look past his shoulder and realize you can see every bone. I would put him at a 1.5 (barely).
He is covered in pressure sores and fleas and hot spots.
We brought him home last night and gave him a bath. Throughout the lathering and bloody towels from all the fleas, and ear cleaning he never made a peep. He was so far past hunger that I had to actually feed him a number of kibbles before his hunger hit.
I took him to my vet this morning. He is heartworm NEGATIVE! He weighs 80lbs, but should weigh 110-120. He is BIG!!! The vet estimates him to be about 5.
I know NOTHING about GSD's. He slept in 2 Xpens hooked together last night but he howled so much my husband slept on the floor with him. I think I found him a home, but if I didn't I am going to need help finding one.
My biggest concern is my parrots. One wayward flight into danger and *BAM* they are done for. He has likely been on his own for awhile, perhaps eating animals (if he could).
Any advice to help me get his weight up?