SINGAPORE - On Nov 14, a local group of volunteer animal rescuers were alerted to a starved and severely sick dog which was not eating and required immediate medical attention.
The man who rescued the dog could not provide much food for the male dog, so volunteers had food delivered to him.
When volunteers finally got to the dog - which was eventually named Elmo - he was emaciated to the point that his ribs were jutting out from under his skin.
A full grown local dog usually weighs 15kg to 25kg. Elmo weighed a mere 8kg.
Veterinarians ran a host of tests on the dog and found no contagious viruses. However, they could hardly poke a needle into him as his skin had hardened. Drawing blood was also difficult as he was severely dehydrated.
The vet suspected that Elmo had not eaten for weeks and tried giving him food and water, but he refused to eat. He was struggling with his sense of smell, and animal rescuers suspected that he had gone without food for so long that he forgot how to eat.
Rescuers weren't clear how the dog came to be in this state.
Volunteers are now working with klapsons The Boutique Hotel to raise funds for sick dogs like Elmo.
The hotel will be donating $20 from each $70 ticket sold at its Santa Doggies event on December 7. The money will go to Elmo's medical and rehabilitation bills.
The event, held at klapsons' alfresco sky terrace, is a special Christmas party for all dog owners and their dogs.