Keena, meaning brave, was rescued along with seven litter mates and her emaciated mother by volunteers of Forgotten Dogs of The Fifth Ward. Her very short life was filled with pain, misery, and fortunately a lot of love and comfort at the end. Her mother was so emaciated that she had no milk to provide her puppies. Little Keena was covered in ant bites and maggots were eating her alive. Her little body was just too weak even though she received the best care possible during her last days after being rescued.
The heartbreaking statement by her foster,“Little Keena never got the chance to cuddle up in the warmth of her mother’s body with her siblings alongside her. Her first few days were spent trying to find her way out from under a house, trying to find that warmth while her malnourished mom roamed the streets looking for some kind of nourishment so she could raise healthy puppies. Her little body, infested with flesh eating maggots is all that she knew. All she knew was pain. Today sadly I had to make the decision to end her suffering. No matter what I did I could not warm her little body. I would hold her against my chest for hours hoping to warm her and all I heard was constant whimpering. Slowly her ability to suck got weaker and weaker and this morning all I could do was place little drops of milk on her tongue. We were treating her according to the vet’s instructions but the damage done to her little body was just too much for her. It was evident that she had a horrible infection somewhere inside and the vet said with no immunity, no defenses, and with her not eating, there was very little chance that she would survive. Every time she was touched she flinched so there was no doubt she was in pain. It was a hard decision to make but all I can say is that I think it was the right one. Nobody wants to see an animal suffer and she had already been through so much. I only knew her for two days but she just stole my heart and I will never, ever forget her.”
Keena’s legacy is a testament to the overwhelming problem of homelessness and suffering of millions of animals. Astonishingly her mother was actually owned by someone who neglected to care for her but did allow rescuers to take her and her puppies. Unfortunately there just aren’t enough volunteers to take care of all the strays; spay and neutering is the solution. Educating the public and assisting them in low cost spay and neuter is an important part of what Forgotten Dogs of The Fifth Ward does.
Volunteers are bottle feeding Keena’s litter mates while their mother regains her health and strength. Anyone interested in volunteering to help, donating formula, or adopting one of these precious dogs can contact Forgotten Dogs of The Fifth Ward on their web site at http://www.forgottendogs.org or on their facebook page here.
Please see the slideshow for pictures of this family. Be advised one picture is graphic.
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