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Update on "Miracle May" poodle 'dropped from sky' by bird of prey

 May 18, 2011

May 18, 2011 update

The BC SPCA is extremely grateful for the outpouring of support for May, the poodle being cared for at our Sunshine Coast Branch after being dropped by a bird of prey.

Thanks to our amazing supporters we now have enough money for May’s dental surgeries and she is at the veterinary hospital today for the first of her operations. She is recovering well from her other injuries and is being cared for in an SPCA foster home.

There is a wait list of wonderful potential homes for May so the Sunshine Coast Branch is no longer able to accept adoption applications for her, but we appreciate everyone who has come forward to offer a home for May and who has provided financial support for her medical needs.  She is a very lucky dog indeed!

We have now received sufficient funds to cover May’s costs so will no longer need to direct funds for this specific case, but welcome donations for other animals in our care if people would still like to make a gift to help animals in need. 

Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who provided us with the help and support we needed for May – we are grateful for your generosity and compassion.


May 16, 2011

If it weren’t for the deep, painful gouges left on the little dog’s back, as well as multiple broken ribs, it would almost seem an angelic presence was looking out for May.

The severely injured six-year-old toy poodle was already in very poor condition by the time she was dropped from the sky onto the grounds of the Shorncliff Nursing Home in Sechelt after being picked up by a bird of prey. Shorncliff nurses attended to the injured animal then called the BC SPCA. SPCA Sunshine Coast branch manager Shannon Broderick says that the unfortunate dog was likely a stray before her unlikely “rescue”.

“In addition to the claw marks on her back and the broken ribs she sustained from the fall, all of her nails were so long they had grown into her paw pads and her teeth were badly decayed. We don’t know how long she had been wandering without care but she was obviously very neglected. It’s ironic, but this bird may have saved her life.”

The dog had no ID nor has anyone responded to the branch’s a call for the guardian to come forward. BC SPCA shelter staff took the little poodle under their wing, so to speak: “We named her ‘May’ because she was turned in to us on May 2,” Broderick says.

“With the generous help of Eagleridge Veterinary Hospital we’ve been able to address her torn footpads and broken ribs but she will need immediate, extensive dental work, which is going to cost upwards of $3,500.” The branch is trying to raise $4,000 to cover the two dental surgeries and medical costs. May is currently recovering in the care of the SPCA before she undergoes surgery.

“We’re asking anyone who hears May’s story and feels compassion for her situation to please donate for her care,” says Broderick. “It’s an absolute miracle that she survived and we want to do everything we can to help her.” Donations for the “little dog with the big heart”, as SPCA staff have dubbed her, can be made by calling the branch at 604-740-0301, in person at the shelter at 4376 Solar Road in Sechelt or online.

The Biscuit Fund for Medical Care supports emergency care and regular treatments such as spaying and neutering, medicine and vaccinations. Your gift can help a homeless, injured or abused animal recover and become the happy and healthly animal they were meant to be. Please donate today.

Photo caption: A homeless poodle in poor health suffered severe injuries after being dropped by bird of prey in Sechelt (above). BC SPCA Sunshine Coast Manager, Shannon Broderick (pictured with May, below) is appealing to the local community to support ongoing medical care for the miracle dog.

The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.











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