2012-04-06 / Community

New Home Sought For Dog Fighting Victim

By Nicholas Briano

Trey is recovering and making progress daily. Right, Trey with a member of Rogoff’s staff. Trey is recovering and making progress daily. Right, Trey with a member of Rogoff’s staff. Jay Rogoff, the local veterinarian who operates the Animal Hospital of the Rockaways, says that on March 24, a severely injured dog, possibly a pit bull-labrador mix, was left at his facility and is believed to have been used in a dog fighting ring.

The person who brought the dog in claimed that he was hit by a car and that they found him on the side of the road. However, upon further inspection Rogoff and his staff concluded that the dog could not have been hit by a car considering his condition.

“The poor dog was near death and in severe pain. The doctors decided to take in the dog and immediately began to treat him in order to save his life,” Rogoff wrote to The Wave. “He was full of ticks and very thin. It quickly became evident that the dog had not been hit by a car, but rather had recently been in a dog fight. He obviously had not been the winner. Trey, as we call him now, fought off severe septicemia, liver and kidney failure. He required multiple x-rays, ultrasound, intravenous fluids and constant pain management. He immediately began to receive several antibiotics. There were over 125 bite wounds present, all over his body.”

Rogoff says the dog is recovering and is making progress daily.

“He is a very shy dog who loves to play with people,” he continued.

Trey is looking for a new home and Rogoff says if anyone would like to meet him they can stop by the Animal Hospital of the Rockaways at 114-10 Beach Channel Drive.

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