The last minute reprieve for a death row puppy at the San Bernardino County Animal Control facility in Devore, Calif., turned out to be a rescue that required another rescue.
Despite the initial claim that the puppy was not sick (a claim which was contrary to what the animal control staff had stated), it turns out that she was indeed ill.
In fact, the person who had been willing to foster the puppy, Alysha, became panicked when the pup, named "Nani," showed several symptoms of illness, including severe diarrhea, coughing and sneezing.
Alysha was frantic for help and reached out to several rescue agencies, but none were willing and/or able to offer a helping hand to the sickly dog.
Eventually Alysha got lucky; Paw Protectors Rescue and Gayle Steiner, of Emerald City Pet Rescue, agreed to help the ailing pup.
On Wednesday, they arrived to Nani's foster home and immediately transported the pup to a veterinarian at Encinitas VCA (760-632-1072).
It turns out that the puppy was suffering from a multitude of problems; she has hookworms, tapeworms, Giardia and pneumonia.
Sharon Logan, with Paw Protectors Rescue, stated:
she is a sweet, shy girl that bonds instantly and wants to follow her human everywhere, please give credit to Emerald City Pet Rescue it's founder Vivian Goldbloom and Gayle Steiner of the Oceanside Chapter as they are the ones that got her the medical attention and vetting she needed and agreed to rescue back this dog when no one else did.
Saving Nani was a rescue mission that almost did not happen - the puppy was pulled from the animal control facility without a long-term plan in place.
The puppy was handed over to a foster home without being vetted first and, according to Logan, when she showed signs of being ill, the person who pulled her was nowhere to be found.
Logan is happy that Nani's life was spared, but is angered that there were not concrete plans in place.
Though I understand the need, help, drive and push to save as many shelter dogs as possible I advocate for responsible rescuing, not just pull the dog to save its life without a solid plan in place and if you are the puller you are responsible for the dog and you just don't hand the dog over to a foster without taking any responsibility or providing help.
According to Logan, Nani is now safe and she will be adopted out under Emerald City Pet Rescue.
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