Ashley Judd is personally helping in the recovery of Walter, an abused dog thrown out of a car.
by China DeSpain
Categories: Animals, Causes
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Photo: Ashley Judd Twitter

Get out your hankies, folks, because this one is a tear-jerker.

Actress Ashley Judd is personally involved in the rehabilitation of a severely abused cockapoo named Walter — and despite her efforts, it’s not clear yet whether he’s going to make it.

Walter was not only starved by his previous owner (the emaciated dog weighs only 11 pounds, about half of what he should, considering that he’s five), but he was also thrown out of the window of a moving car.

He was rescued by Tennessee-based organization Snooty Giggles, who partnered with the Animalia Health and Wellness for Animals clinic to try and save his life. And that’s where Judd stepped in.

The actress heard about Walter’s plight and contacted both organizations. She not only volunteered to foot his medical bills, but she also visits Walter every day, emotionally supporting his recovery. Still, it might not be enough — Walter’s condition is very fragile.

“We are doing everything we can to help Walter. Ashley has been a huge support,” says Snooty Giggles’ Shawn Aswad.

Walter, the abused dog whom Ashley Judd is trying to save.

“It’s almost unbearable,” Judd says. “It certainly defies individual and collective humanity to know that, not just Walter, but a lot of animals, are treated this way.”

Despite his ordeal, Walter has a very sweet temperament and enjoys being around people and other dogs. Judd hopes that she might eventually foster Walter, but it will be a long time coming — she says Walter’s recovery will be a “very long journey.” However, she also notes that he clearly has a strong will to live, something that certainly works in his favor.

Walter’s progress is regularly documented at both the Snooty Giggles Facebook page, and Judd’s own Twitter account (she also tweets photos of him). The most recent updates state that there has been a slight downturn in his health, but the rescuers aren’t giving up.

“As roller coasters go….it’s going to be another up and down day for Walter. Over night he developed a bit of a cough and is definitely much weaker. His WBC count has gone back up a smidgeon (not surprising, but disappointing), his electrolytes remain balanced, which is key (and very impressive I must say….not an easy task for a vet team considering the circumstances). So….here we go again….lots of coffee and chocolate being circulated at Animalia Health and Wellness. I promise to give a mid-day report with pictures. Keep the love coming,” reports the Snooty Giggles page.

No matter what happens, Judd wants Walter’s story to be shared and hopes that it will serve as a lesson.

“This never should have happened to Walter, and through his story, we can make sure that it never happens to another animal again,” she says.

Here’s hoping for a happy ending.

Walter, the abused dog that Ashley Judd is trying to save.

About China DeSpain

China DeSpain is a San Antonio-based writer and blogger. She loves pop culture, animal rights, health and fitness, international travel, books and wigs. Follow China on Twitter: @ChinaDeSpain

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  • Anonymous

    Did anyone see or get the plate number of the car Walter was thrown from?

  • Kathy Roumph

    I get so sick to my stomach everytime I read a story like this. What is wrong with so many of the human species, that they can treat an animal like this? Laws for abuse have got to be made stiffer and these monsters made to suffer. How things can continue to go on like this in this day and age, with all we know today about our wonderful animals, how caring and loving and intelligent they are, just make my blood boil! Thank you Ashley for all you are doing, you are such a wonderful person (and one of my favorite actresses!) for seeing to it that this poor baby gets the best care possible!! Give Walter a big kiss and hug from me, and know that I will be pulling for his full recovery! xoxoxoxoxox

  • Brooke

    im glad they threw him out of the car so he could find poeple that will love him and take care of him. he would certainly be dead by now or hurt more if they didnt. praying for Walter and LOVING my cockapoo more today for WALTER. TEAM WALTER

  • Galadriel

    Oh Walter you poor fur-baby! I am so glad you have been rescued! :~) Me & my cockapoo, Snickers send healing energy and love to you!! Ashley Judd – I always knew there was a reason you were one of my fav actresses besides your talent! You have a beautiful caring heart! :~) Thank you from a Cockapoo Mommy! :~) As for the abusers of Walter – there is a deep dark corner of hell that is reserved for people who abuse animals and children! I hope you enjoy your residency there some day cuz Karma is a bitch!!

  • Jscicchitani

    I hope someone throws his mother from a moving car!

  • Anonymous

    Walter died this morning…

  • Geoffrey Dahmer

    Your crazy. if the world relied on “Reiki” instead of SCIENCE and Medicine the human race would of been wiped out centuries ago.

  • Guigouille Powa

    RIP Walter :(