A New Start for Toby

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A New Start for Toby

Category : Rescue Story

It all started with a post on Craigslist:


The pathetic condition of this dog sparked great concern for this dogs welfare.  A New Start On Life reached out to the owner who posted this dog, but the ad was removed and the owner never responded.  The image of the dog haunted us throughout the day.  We learned we weren’t the only one’s who were touched by this boy, he became something of an online outrage.  The day wore on and we were tagged in a post that someone had purchased this boy, but needed a rescue to take him.

Laura Sharp was so moved by Toby’s painful pictures that as soon as the owners responded to her, she drove over an hour to pick him up.  She talked them down to $100, loaded him and got out of there.  Laura reached out for help, she knew going into this that she could not keep him, and many recommended A New Start On Life.

In talking with Laura, we learned that Toby was refusing food.  A dog as underweight as he was should have been ravenous.  Laura loaded him back up and brought him to our vet, Mapleview Animal Hospital, where Dr. Jim Bader came in after hours to take a look at Toby.

At 15 months Toby weighed a mere 65 pounds.  He was dehydrated, but his blood work came back okay.  However, radiographs revealed that Toby’s stomach was about 3 times the size it should have been.  A barium study showed the barium being “absorbed” by something in the stomach, but not passing through.

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Dr. Bader found Toby’s stomach full of…..food!  Food that was unable to pass out of his stomach.  He removed all of the food, and checked Toby’s intestines.  There were a couple of possibilities as to what was going on, he was so emaciated for so long, and then fed a massive amount of food that this intestines did not have the motility to mover out of the stomach.  Or he simply had a motility issue with his intestines that was never diagnosed or treated?  Dr. Bader took biopsy’s of both the stomach and the intestines which are being sent to Colorado State University, so we will hopefully have an answer within the week.

The rescue of Toby was unexpected and A New Start On Life did not have the finances on hand for emergency diagnostics and surgery, so we started a CrowdRise fundraiser.  If you would like to help with the costs saving Toby you can send a donation to:


or paypal a donation to paypal@anewstartonlife.com

or mail a donation to: A New Start On Life, P.O. Box 78, Hamilton, MI 49419


Here is Toby this morning, 12 hours after surgery.  He is acting like a puppy and was very bouncy.  He is being fed several very small meals to make sure things can “move through and out” the way they should. Toby’s not out of the woods, and this sweet boy would appreciate any prayers you may offer up for him.

It’s a shame that Toby’s original owners profited from their neglect.  Everything from the time Toby walked through the doors at Mapleview has been properly documented and will be sent to authorities.  We encourage you to demand a higher level of care for animals.  If the current laws don’t allow Toby’s previous owners to be prosecuted (and we will update) then we encourage everyone to make calls to state and local legislatures and demand a change.

3/12/2015 Update:

Toby has gained 12 pounds and went to his foster home tonight.  He’ll need to continue to gain weight so that he can be neutered and have a dental cleaning.  Toby is currently eating  3 cups of  3Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost 3 times a day.   We are very pleased with his progress.

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Toby is now in his adopted home and doing great and thriving.  He’s enjoying the life he should have always had!!!11997904_10153144287687253_439236624_n 11997262_10153144285587253_1776511539_n

A happy and healthy ADOPTED Toby!

A happy and healthy ADOPTED Toby!

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