Judd is a seven year old, loving and friendly Blue Tick Coon Hound who is full of life. His past remains a mystery, where he came from, what kind of a life he led, whether he was happy, sad, abused or loved is unclear. What is known is he was discovered by Animal Control and held at the Riley County Humane Society for two weeks and his owner never claimed him. It is also believed he spent most of his life on a chain as upon examination, it was noted he had tracheal damage.

Although Judd was then placed into a loving foster home, he became distressed and agitated. He was clearly unwell, so Judd was taken to be examined by a Vet who discovered he had an enlarged spleen. It was then determined Judd had what is called Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus Syndrome in Dogs (GDV). GDV, more commonly referred to as gastric torsion or bloat, is a disease in dogs where the animal’s stomach dilates and then rotates, or twists around its short axis. A number of emergency conditions may result as a consequence of this gastric rotation, including progressive distension of the stomach, increased pressure within the abdomen, damage to the cardiovascular system, and decreased perfusion. Perfusion is the process of delivering nutrients via blood in the arteries to the body’s tissues. Insufficient perfusion may lead to cellular damage and even organ death.’ (Credit to PetMD.com).

Something had to be done before it was too late; so the Riley Humane Society contacted the Ian Somerhalder Foundation to apply for a grant to treat this medical emergency to save Judd’s life. After a successful grant application, the Riley Humane Society organised to get Judd’s emergency surgery underway.

On April 11th, 2015 Judd received his life saving surgery where his stomach was attached to the body wall to prevent any re-occurrence of GDV in his future. This way he could live a normal, healthy and happy life. Judd has not needed any additional procedures since his surgery and has only had his staples removed and a clean bill of health was issued.

Judd recuperated very nicely, left his staples alone and was back to his loving nature in no time at all.

Judd was adopted on May 3rd, 2015 by a long time rescue supporter who has been kind enough to keep in touch with the Riley Humane Societies dog coordinator with regular updates and progress reports. Judd is now happy, healthy and enjoying his very full life with his new family.


Written by Popi Doukakis

Edited by Bob Stone