AUSTIN -- A puppy was found in rough shape in North Texas, but an Austin animal rescue saved his life.
The Fort Worth Animal Shelter found a black puppy with its legs bound together with duct tape; one of which was broken. When he tested positive for the parvovirus, he was immediately taken to Austin.
"He's a fighter and I like taking those types of dogs," said Brittany Thompson, who works at Austin Pets Alive!
They named him Jack Reacher after the Tom Cruise movie. Thompson is also fostering Jack.
"You see how he is with other dogs and people and it's like, 'Why? Why would someone do this?'" Thompson said.
Parvo is a highly contagious virus that can be life-threatening. Traditionally, puppies with the disease are euthanized.
"It's hard to treat and it's very expensive," said Dr. Alexis Bardzinski, a veterinarian at APA. "For him to be found with his legs tied together was very odd. Obviously somebody tried to help him but didn't know how."
APA offers a Parvo Puppy ICU, the first of its kind in the country and the only place in the state for infected shelter puppies to go.
"He had a combination of so many things, so he would have died out there if he was just left," Dr. Bardzinski said.
After being treated and quarantined for an intense treatment, Jack is now parvo negative.
"I can't even describe the feeling. Every single medical case I take in it's like, 'Are they really going to make it through this?'" Thompson said.
APA takes in around 500 puppies every year and puts them in a quarantined ICU. Jack will be available for adoption soon; hopefully in the next few weeks.