‘Faygo’ pup found in Detroit with gaping head wound

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

He has a new name and friends helping him around the clock, but the small pooch turned over to Detroit Dog Rescue last weekend needs a huge boost to survive.

Faygo Rad Pup, a stray whom Detroit Animal Control staff found in the city with a gaping head wound from blunt force trauma, lost an eye and now faces months of recuperation, said DDR executive director Kristina Rinaldi. Medical bills could top $7,000.

“He has a long road to recovery, and we’ll be there holding his paw every step of the way,” Rinaldi said Monday night. “He deserves a fighting chance. He’s only a year old and he’s been through so much in a short amount of time. We really want to help him.”

The Yorkshire Terrier-mix’s origins are unclear. He was found with a tag and collar that led to a home on Washburn in Detroit, but the resident “denies knowing anything about this dog, says she’s never seen it before,” Rinaldi said.

The director at Detroit Animal Control, which has been working with DDR to transfer animals in its care, alerted Rinaldi and her nonprofit early Saturday.

Faygo was rushed to Oakland Veterinary Referral Services in Bloomfield Hills, where an X-ray revealed rocks in his stomach, Rinaldi said. “It looks like he had been trying to find some food, probably found some gravel and ate it while he was on the street.”

Based on that and his matted gray-tinged fur, “my guess is he’s been out there for about a month,” Rinaldi said.

Due to the severity of his injuries, the dog underwent emergency surgery to remove his eye. “The pressure from that has caused some brain damage,” Rinaldi said Monday night. “We don’t know if it’s going to be permanent, but he started to lose feeling in some of his limbs. So he did see a neurologist earlier today. … We’re going to wait and see the next couple of days how things go and what the treatment plan is going to be.”

Faygo is expected to return to the Oakland clinic after a brief stay with an area neurology specialty center. Meanwhile, authorities are investigating his case, Rinaldi said.

“We are trying to find out if anybody knows what happened to this dog or knows where this dog belongs,” she said. “There are a lot of puzzle pieces we’re working hard to put together.”

To defray his medical costs, DDR is seeking contributions.

News of Faygo’s plight sparked an outpouring of support online.

“Poor baby I’m praying for him,” one wrote on the DDR Facebook page.

Another posted: “My heart breaks! So beautiful Abusers suck!!”