There's a lot happening at "Camp Collie," otherwise known as part of Houston Collie Rescue, with the seizure of "more than 90" collies on August 31 from the 14200 block of Alice Road home in Tomball.
The owner of the northwest Harris County home, licensed eye doctor, Elaine Kmiec, was ordered by a federal judge to surrender all of the dogs to Houston Collie Rescue. The dogs had been living in filthy conditions; many had been starved and others suffered from eyes, ears, teeth infections and matted coat conditions. All of the dogs are being treated and have now been categorized and bathed.
A report stated the rescue took longer than anticipated; there were more dogs than originally thought; the area had been strewn with debris and building materials, and the conditions were filthy.
Earlier Wednesday afternoon, the happy announcement that Penny and Bitsy, two of the pregnant dogs, had graced the world with 13 new collie puppies. The organization's Facebook page announced the additions as well as other information as to the progress of the dogs:
"We've been busy. Penny delivered ten healthy pups making our grand total 120 collies. Penny and the pups will have their new whelping box today. "Mangy Boy," the worst medical issue collie, is now Corky and went to the vet yesterday where he will remain through Saturday. Corky has severe demodex mange and a bacterial skin infection. We have been giving Corky medicated baths and antibiotics since we saved him, and he feels better already. Corky is only 4 years old."
But Mother Nature, as she so often likes to bear surprises; sometimes just sneaking up on a pregnant pooch, also graced Bitsy with a few new early additions:
"It was a very busy morning, as Momma #1, now named Bitsy, had a teat hardening with suspected mastitis. I rushed over to help foster Mom and all 13 pups to the vet. Bitsy is now on antibiotics and hot compresses, and the vet feels she will be fine and able to feed."
According to the Chron.com, all of the dogs will be vaccinated and microchipped on Saturday. The organization has spent more than $37,000 on food, supplies, and veterinary care for all the dogs thus far.
To help with the expenses, please send donations to Houston Collie Rescue PO Box 526 Stafford, TX 77497 or use paypal at houstoncollierescue.org.
The collies are not available for adoption yet pending a judge's decision.
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