Sometimes my county makes my head spin...stray dog
A stray hound cross showed up at my next door neighbor. We live rural. The dog had cuts and matted hair on her neck and was limping on a front leg that had a deep cut in it.
I told her let the county know you have it and they will pick her up in 3 days BUT tell them she is hurt and needs medical help ASAP.
She called and was told "now we only pick up aggressive dogs. Just treat the dog like it is wildlife, don't give it food or water and it will go away." :mad: Dude, just tell her we aren't set up to help, call some of the shelters in the neighboring counties.
I called and all shelters are full so I took the dog to my vet this afternoon. She had a fever of 104.6, 5 gaping puncture marks on her neck where the vet believes another very large dog attacked her and another bite mark on a leg which has damaged a ligament. The good news is she is heartworm negative! When the doc told me that I squealed and even through the sedation, Zena- Warrior Princess, wagged her tail.
Zena's out in the barn, the leg in a splint and a bandage on her neck and curled up in a nice crate in the warm sunshine. She feels much better with the meds on board- trotted around for a few minutes. :yes:
Stupid county. A group is working on getting a shelter in our county but they are a year plus away from even breaking ground. Still have a spinning head from the "dont give her food or water" remark. <headdesk>
It's not just the rural people
It's the city folks too. The ones who "drive by and dump" sick, injured or young dogs and cats off at my barn. From the looks of the place, we look like we can afford to house or get medical attention from something, but damn, knock on the door and plead, don't just throw the kitty out the window into the barn aisle.
My vet gives me the "oh, another one?" discount.
It hads up to a couple thousand a year for animals that don't belong to us.