|Young mother dog hogtied, left to drown in canal|
|Written by Jane Parker-Rauw/Potcake Place|
|Thursday, 15 March 2012 13:26|
Residents of the Leeward Resort on Providenciales were out walking one morning recently along a canal when they happened to look down just at the right moment to see the shocking sight of a dog that had managed to claw its way up out of the water to rest its head on a ledge at the side of the canal bank.
On further inspection they were horrified to see that the poor dog had been hogtied, its four legs tied tightly together with string. An island resident heard their cries for help and came to help them lift the very frightened, cold, wet and desperate dog out of the canal.
They cut her binds loose and rubbed her four legs to try to bring back the circulation in her feet. It was then that they realised that the dog was actively nursing, and the search was on to find her puppies.
The puppies were located, all by themselves and screaming for their mother. A volunteer for the Turks and Caicos Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals picked up the mother and rushed her to Potcake Place veterinarian Dr. Mark Woodring. After a check up, the mother and her puppies were reunited and placed in a loving Potcake Place foster home.
Unfortunately, that night the mother started having seizures, and frantic foster mom Shannon Myers, owner of the Sharkbite bar and restaurant, rushed her to Potcake Place. Woodring went to work administering care and calcium shots to stabilize the mother.
After the mother was stabilized, the pups were removed and given to another of Potcake Place’s great foster homes. They are currently doing very well and will be available for adoption soon.
One of the puppies is being adopted by the Giacalone family from North Reading, Massachusetts, who were staying at the Leeward Resort. They decided to name her Nikki because the Leeward Resort was formerly called Nikki Beach.
As it turns out, the mother dog, named Nixie, is barely more than a puppy, approximately seven months old. She has started to play with toys and lovingly accepts hugs and is always there to hand out plenty of potcake kisses.
Once she is strong enough to be spayed, Nixie will available for adoption to a home of her own. A loving home, one where she will know that not all people are hurtful, cruel and callous, but are loving, generous and good. One where she will above all else be safe.
Spay and neuter!
Stop the flow of unwanted puppies and kittens on Providenciales!
Make an appointment today at the Turks and Caicos Islands Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals low cost Spay/Neuter Clinic.
Call 941-8846 or 231-3052
Photo: Nixie with puppies (Shannon Myers)
|Last Updated on Thursday, 15 March 2012 13:42|
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