NEW PORT RICHEY - They named him William because of his "sheer will to live."
But the 2-year-old pit bull who recently was found nearly starved to death still has a ways to go as a rescue group and a veterinarian's office try to nurse him back to health.
William weighs about half what he should and has many health issues, many the result of starvation, said Devilyn Saunders of Rugaz Rescue, a nonprofit organization that specializes in rescuing abused, abandoned or surrendered American pit bull terriers.
Until a few days ago, the dog was in critical condition at Regency Park Animal Hospital in New Port Richey, where he underwent numerous medical tests, including extensive blood work, an abdominal ultrasound, urinalysis and more, Saunders reported.
Saunders is caring for William at home, but the dog still needs regular attention from a veterinarian, she said
The rescue group is seeking donations to help defray some of the costs. Donations can be made directly to the Regency Park Animal Hospital at 7741 Congress St., New Port Richey, 34653. The telephone number is (727) 848-6247.
Donations also can be made via Paypal at the rescue group's website at www .RugazRescue.com.