On March 27, 2014, Kizzy, a nine year old rescued stray, got spooked and escaped her Blackstone home just one hour after waking up from anesthesia. The elusive dog had outwitted animal control for about four months before she was rescued off the streets of Uxbridge. She had been hit by a car and brought to the Uxbridge Animal Hospital.
Kizzy suffered from a fractured pelvis, six fractured ribs and multiple lacerations. Medical personnel discovered large mammary tumors and took off more than 100 ticks from her body. She also tested positive for Lyme disease and internal parasites. Kizzy underwent surgery to suture the lacerations.
Teri Woodrow Hennigan, a veterinary technician at Uxbridge Animal Hospital, stepped up to foster Kizzy while she was recovering from her multiple injuries.
Over the next couple of months, Kizzy had the ball of her hip removed as a result of the accident. About one month later, she was spayed and then had one side of mammary tumors removed. The tumors were biopsied and the results came back benign. Things were looking up.
“She was starting to come into her own. She would mimic some of our other dogs' behaviors – picking up toys and starting to play a little. I was doing physical therapy at home for her hip and she was healing nicely,” said Hennigan.
Since Kizzy was progressing, she had the other side of mammary tumors removed, as well as two teeth that were fractured from the accident.
“I was looking forward to having her completely healed and beginning to enjoy life. About an hour after waking up from anesthesia, I pulled into our driveway in Blackstone. She was sleeping soundly in the back of the SUV. When we opened the hatch, the sound startled her and she panicked and pushed the door open and ran away. We have not seen her since. I do not believe she would have run if not for the fact that she was very groggy and scared,” said Hennigan.
So began the the quest to find Kizzy, a dog who is resourceful enough to survive on her own but at risk because of her many injuries and surgeries. She still had staples in her from her last surgery.
Teri and her husband, Mark Hennigan, went looking for her that night in the dark, along with a large group of people. They drew up flyers and posted them in the area. They arranged for tracking dogs to help find her scent. Teri spoke with recovery groups and other individuals who have lost pets. She also set up a Facebook page titled “Help Find Kizzy.”
The Hennigans ran into problems when their flyers began disappearing. They spoke with the Blackstone police, as well as the police in surrounding towns, and were told the flyers were not a problem, but perhaps there were too many.
Numerous feeding stations and trail cameras were set up in an attempt to lure Kizzy to a certain area but she was never caught on camera.
“We are on edge, unable to sleep and always thinking of Kizzy and how she is feeling,” said Teri. I have never been so aware of the number of lost dogs in my area alone, let alone the country.”
The most recent sighting occurred in Millville, the next town over from Blackstone, on the path to Uxbridge, where it is believed she may be headed. Tracking dogs followed her scent along train tracks all the way to Uxbridge. <Edit: As of the end of May, Kizzy was last seen in the town of Franklin.>
“We will do anything to get her back. I know the tracking and sightings were just the tip of the iceberg. We have a long road ahead of us but we will never give up on her,” said Teri.
If you have any information or spot Kizzy, please call 508-735-0786.
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