A Shar Pei pug puppy named Nelson, who was surrendered to the Boston MSPCA after it was bought at a Missouri puppy mill was still taking his medications and getting lots of sleep this weekend as he continued his recovery.
Nelson endured a 20-hour truck ride from Missouri to Massachusetts last week, the MSPCA said, and became critically ill with Giardia, an intestinal illness that caused severe dehydration, vomiting and diarrhea.
"Make no mistake, Nelson is the face of online puppy sales, in which unsuspecting buyers purchase dogs from thousands of miles away and with no opportunity to inspect the living conditions or to meet the pets in advance," said MSPCA’s director of public relations Rob Halpin.
Surgeons removed a mass of tangled intestines from his abdomen before untangling and re-inserting them, Halpin said. He has been on a heavy doses of antibiotics and pain medicine.
The puppy ended up at the MSPCA when the person who had bought him online, sight unseen, from a “puppy mill” breeder only a week before, Halpin said.
“The poor little guy is still very nauseous and not eating on his own,” the MPSCA wrote in a Sunday update on Instagram. “Keep sending good thoughts (and donations if you’re able) his way!”