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Scarred animal found bleeding from birthing near shelter

CyberKitten
June 1st, 2005, 06:54 PM
Wednesday, June 1, 2005 The Halifax Herald Limited

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BRIAN MEDEL / Yarmouth Bureau
Preston Andrews tries to quiet a dog found abandoned in Digby County a short time after giving birth. None of her pups have been found and the dog has many scars on her body.

Abandoned dog's
pups sought
Scarred animal found bleeding from birthing near shelter
By BRIAN MEDEL / Yarmouth Bureau

DIGBY - Workers at an animal shelter want to know what happened to a litter of puppies after a young dog was discovered abandoned but still bleeding from giving birth.

The black dog, which has some characteristics of a pit bull, also has as many as a dozen scars on her back and sides, and her ribs are visible under a thin coat of hair.

The dog basked in the attention she received Tuesday from Preston and Dorothy Andrews at the TLC Animal Shelter, about five kilometres from Digby. But she also searched frantically every few moments in every nook and cranny for her pups, which she may have had a few hours before she was found.

The dog was discovered near the shelter Monday morning, abandoned and without a collar. She is probably no more than two years old. So far, none of her pups have turned up.

Shelter volunteers looked in roadside ditches for the pups but found nothing. They think the dog may have been abandoned or possibly ran off before she had the pups in the woods and then came out in search of food. Or she may have been abandoned after giving birth.

"It seems to me that she wouldn't leave her puppies," said Mrs. Andrews.

"Right now I'm putting cold compresses on her," she said of her attempt to slow the dog's production of milk.

No one is sure what caused the scars. The dog could be losing hair from malnutrition or the scars could be from fights or beatings.

The animal may have been in the wild for some time.

"She's loaded with ticks," said Mr. Andrews.

The dog has never been taught to sit quietly and jumps at anyone who comes near, enjoying the attention.

"She doesn't seem to be aggressive at all," said Mrs. Andrews.

"But then it's hard to tell with dogs like that until . . . they recuperate and you see what kind of a personality they have. She seems to be very pleasant."

Shelter workers see dogs injured by baseball bats and air rifles and continue to care for an unusually high number of abused dogs each year.

But Mr. Andrews said the dog they took in this week is as bad as any they've seen in the 11 years the shelter has been open.

"We're certainly going to try to rehabilitate her and get some fat on her bones," said Mrs. Andrews.

They'll have her spayed and in good health before adopting her out.

"I think she'll make somebody a wonderful pet," she said.

Anyone interested in following the dog's progress or learning more about the shelter, which doesn't euthanize animals, can visit www.tlcshelter.com.

babyrocky1
June 1st, 2005, 08:29 PM
:sad: :sad: :sad: Im just all out of words for this kind of thing :sad: :sad: :sad: