The Nanaimo & District Branch of the BC SPCA is seeking the community's help in saving the lives of an emaciated Rottweiler and seven of her puppies who were rescued from a situation of horrific neglect earlier this month.
"The female Rottweiler was tied to a tree with a short, heavy chain," says BC SPCA cruelty investigator Julie Hitchcock. "There was no food or water available to her and she was lying, cold and wet, in a pool of mud." Hitchcock says that when she arrived on the scene the sick and emaciated mom was straining unsuccessfully against the chain to retrieve a tiny puppy who had rolled face down into a mud puddle. Six other puppies, suffering from severe hypothermia, parasite infection, lice and malnutrition, were huddled in the mud, whining loudly. "The dogs had no shelter at all and the property was covered in feces and garbage," says Hitchcock.
The owner of the dogs surrendered the mother and seven surviving puppies to SPCA care rather than seek the immediate veterinary care needed to save their lives. The SPCA investigation into the case continues and charges of animal cruelty are pending.
Leon Davis, manager of the BC SPCA Nanaimo Branch, says the sick and malnourished dogs were rushed to a veterinarian and are slowly responding to treatment. "The mom, named Lady, truly lives up to her name. When she was being examined by the veterinarians she was wagging her tail and licking their faces, even after everything she had been through." Davis adds that even the little puppy who was found face down in the mud puddle has survived. "The pup had no body temperature when we arrived and was not expected to live but is now thriving," says Davis. All the dogs are now being cared for in SPCA foster homes, but will return to the shelter when they are healthy enough for adoption.
"We are launching a special appeal to seek the public's support for the care of the malnourished mom and pups and for the needs of other animals at our shelter," says Davis. He adds that the branch also hopes to add a separate puppy enclosure to the shelter to provide a quiet, warm place for puppies to play and rest.
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.