Update: Dog pierced by tree branch still in serious condition, owner comes forward

Louis the dog, courtesy of Charleston Animal Society.

By Ava

The owner of a dog found impaled and hanging from a tree branch on Wadmalaw Island has come forward. Officials with the Charleston Animal Society say the owner posted a message to the animal society Facebook page late Tuesday night.

"My love... My Louis Vuitton Smith... Was rescued out of a tree on Wadmalaw. My tears can't fill the relief in my heart that someone cared," the owner posted on the animal society Facebook page. "Plz plz pray. I'm not fortunate enough to pay his bills so I have to surrender him. I can't focus.... I work on kiawah island and I called off work today once I found out what happened to my love. They understood because I talked about him frequent. But just pray Louis pulls thru and our paths cross again. Because I will never be the same without him. Thank you."

Louis the dog spent hours draped over a large tree limb in a Wadmalaw Island marsh, a branch piercing his lower abdomen.{}He lost a lot of blood before a man following the dog's barking found him dangling some 15 feet in the air. But now, safe in the arms of professional caregivers, there is hope he can recover."He's got a lot of injury to that tissue there where he was hanging over the limb so that tissue may or may not live," said Dr. Lucy Fuller, director of Veterinary Services at the Charleston Animal Society. "So he many need surgery to correct the dying tissue there ... And then his back limbs are suffering from the after-effects of losing blood flow."

Officials said they don't suspect foul play. They believe he probably followed an animal up the tree and slipped.

Fuller said the dog, whose name was confirmed from a microchip implanted in his body, arrived in shock. He probably would have died if a Good Samaritan hadn't found him and quickly called animal control.{}

He's still in serious condition while being monitored very closely, Fuller said."We're worried now that he is septic and has bacteria in his blood stream," Fuller said. "So, he had a difficult night with you know up and downs."Louis was moved from the animal society to a pet hospital. He could require surgery.{}"We're not sure about how his wounds will heal and if he will have any physical limitations or even if he will make it through, you know through the next few days,"she said.

The dog's medical expenses will be continue to be covered by Toby's Fund, which allows the animal society to cover all emergency services. Officials say the owner is considering whether or not she will once again care for her pet.{}If you would like to help by donating to Toby's Fund, click here.

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