Ruby Riddle's Relief Fund
Organized by: Adam Szczepanski
6/5/2015 UPDATE: I've upped the goal to $10k. Ruby's care is going to be more expensive then we thought...
From Boone: "Everyone please pray for Ruby. Her condition got worse. We just went to the vet to get her daily bandage change and check-up. This is an old picture. She has a fever and her wound did not look good. They are keeping her overnight again and giving her IV drugs and hydration. Trying to save her life and hopefully save her leg. On a financial note, it is $900 - $1,100 every time she spends the night, so thank God I was able to say yes to this - thanks to everyone's support. ***PRAY FOR RUBY***"
"As mentioned she is staying overnight again tonight, maybe longer. Concerns of infection and the inability for a wound this sever to heal. Bone is exposed from today's cleaning of the wound. I wish I had left her there more days from the start but I thought being home under my 24/7 care would make her happy and be fine. We are worried about her keeping the leg. Very real possibility she loses it. We are pretty confident that her life itself is not in jeopardy at this point, her overall stability seems ok. Just this massive wound which is on the cusp of if not already infected. PRAY FOR RUBY'S LEG!"
6/4/2015 UPDATE: We hit the $6000.00 goal in under 24 hours!! Amazing! Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen! Please note that we are still accepting donations for Boone, as the $6k is simply an estimated guess at how much the vet bills might be, and they could end up significantly higher. So, if you have made it to this page and still want to donate, please do so! Every little bit helps!
There are few people I've had the pleasure of meeting that have touched as many lives as my good friend Boone Riddle. He is a friend to many people across the Denver area and throughout the country, and he could use a little help and support from all of them right about now. Many people know that Boone has been working closely for the past few years with an animal rescue organization called Big Dogs, Huge Paws. Boone has personally helped save several dogs and helped them find new, loving, forever homes, including his two mastiffs Jungle and Ruby. On a personal note, he is also largely responsible for helping rescue both of my dogs and for them finding their way into my heart and my home. Boone is a dog's best friend and has done so much to try to help as many dogs as he can find safe loving homes. One of the dogs he rescued from certain death recently was a mastiff named Juliette. Juliette was scheduled to be euthanized a couple months ago, and Boone made the call to have her saved, went out of his way to go pick her up from the shelter she was being held, and kept her as a foster in his house until she was able to be rehabilitated and able to go to her forever home. Juliette has been living with Boone, Jungle, and Ruby for almost 4 months now, and everyone thought she was adjusting well to her new life, but unfortunately something triggered her this past weekend, and she attacked Ruby pretty viciously. In Boone's own words: "The past 24 hours have been some of the very worst I have ever dealt with. On Sunday, Juliet the foster dog, who is psychologically damaged from years of abuse and life in a junkyard, mauled Ruby beyond description. Ruby is covered in bite marks all over her body, and there is a chunk missing from her leg where you can see the tendons, bones, muscles, etc. She was rushed to an emergency vet and they managed to stabilize her, thank God. She has been there since Sunday and comes home tonight, but has to go back to the vet every day for weeks. She should fully recover I believe. My vet bill is $4,100 and rising. On top of this, I have to take Juliet to be put down. This is out of my control or anyone else's. What if this happened again? Or worse, to a child? There is absolutely no way around it nor is it my choice. But I will let her spend her last hours as a loved dog, not a punished dog, because this was not her fault. I am cooking her a last meal, taking her on last walks, and holding her in my arms while she falls asleep. None of this was her fault. She was never given a chance at life. Despite this tragedy, she is a good girl. Any emotional or physical (driving/ transporting this evening, being with me while they put her down, etc.) support anyone might be able to offer will be very appreciated." I've set the fund raising goal at $6000, as an estimated target to cover the $4100 surgery bill and the coming visits that Ruby will need over the next few weeks of her recovery. The bill may grow beyond that, so anything additional would be helpful, and whatever is above and beyond the vet bill will be used to help save more dogs in the future.