Ryder was found abandoned with no water, food, or tags.  He had a gaping wound in his face, and it looked like it had been left untreated for quite some time.  He was extremely lucky to be rescued by the Furbridge rescue group in New York, who immediately took him to get medical care.

The vets taking care of him think he was probably used as a bait dog for dog fights.  They cleaned up his injury, vaccinated him, and tested him for diseases.  Unfortunately, he tested positive for heartworms and will need to begin treatment as soon as possible.  He will also need to be neutered once he his healthy enough to undergo surgery.

Despite all he has been through, Ryder is still a loving dog who is always wagging his tail.  His foster mother said he is making himself at home as he recovers!