Today we have a fairly sad story on our hands. It all started about 8 months ago when a family posted 10 pit bull puppies for sale on Craigslist. A follower of the rescue sent us the post and we were able to convince the family to surrender all 10 puppies for a small fee. The agreement between the family and the rescue was they would use the fee to neuter the male dog and we would schedule and cover the spay fee for the mama dog. After we picked up the puppies and scheduled the appointment for the mama dog, we never heard from the family again. After numerous attempted calls and texts we had to put our energy elsewhere.
Flash forward to about a week ago when the family reached out again expressing that mama had another 8 puppies that they were selling. They said they wanted to surrender mama dog to us for free and sell us the puppies. We told them no, we would not give them any money and that we only did it last time as an incentive to fix the male dog which they obviously didn't do. We did tell them that we would be happy to take mama dog and puppies for no fee. After a lot of conving they finally obliged.
The drive alone is 5 hours each way so we had to plan the trip there. We headed out early yesterday morning to pick up mama and pups when we received a phone call mid way expressing mama dog was extremely sick. We asked what was going on and we were told she was vomiting, not eating, had bloody diarrhea, was lethargic, and hiding. We asked when she started this and they said the day before Yesterday....we aren't sure why they didn't tell us sooner but they didn't. We then asked if she's ever had vaccines, and the response was no. We immediately had them rush her to the emergency vet since we were still a few hours out. We asked them to isolate the puppies at home in an area where mom hadn't been since she stopped nursing about a week prior.
We called the vet and immediately let them know what was going on and that the family would be surrendering mama dog to our rescue. They were super busy and called back in about a hour with results for mama dogs test. They let us know she had a strong positive parvo test and that she needed to be admitted immediately which we had no other option but to agree to. The vet expressed there was absolutely no way the symotoms had just started showing the day before with the condition she was in. Urgent care was immediately started.
The estimate our rescue received from the ER vet was $2200-$3500 for initial treatment for mama dog. We have absolutely no extra funding right now to go towards any medical treatments for animals not already under our care. Over the last few months we have taken in about 10 parvo puppy litters totaling around $20,000 with treatmeent and in most cases the parvo was unexpected so the financial aspect has caught us off guard. Dogs and puppies can take 3-10 days for parvo symptoms to start showing and this is why it is so important to vaccinate your animals because these viruses are completely preventable if vaccines are done.
We went to pick up the puppies after leaving the ER vet and when we arrived at the trailer park location, there were only 5 puppies. We asked where the other 3 puppies were and found out that they were sold just before we could get to them. The worst part about it, is that they were all female puppies that they sold since they could get more money for them and we can only pray they end up in good hands and not as breeding machines. At this point we wanted to get the 5 remaining puppies out of this terrible situation so we loaded them up and started our 5 hour journey back to the rescue for intake and treatment.
After all the unfortunate circumstances that have come up in this situation the worst was yet to come. We received an update from the vet on mama dog Informing us that even with all the medical treatments and medication she didn't make it. Her malnourished and neglected body was just too weak to fight any longer. A life that didn't quite make it 18 months, another parvo statistic. During her short life she had to birth over 25 puppies, worry about where her food would come from, live cramped in a small trailer, and never receive any medical treatment. Just a puppy herself. This news has been truly devastating.
The vet has asked us to treat all 5 puppies as if they have parvo even though they have not started showing symptoms or tested positive just yet. They may not but we want to be safe. They are currently on fluids, medications, a special diet, added milk powder supplement, and have 24/7 care to monitor their progress. They are very small and malnourished as well for 8 week old puppies.
Financially we are in the hole $3,500 so far and we know that it will exceed $5,500 with current care when all is said and done. We want to continue to rescue, save lives, and better the animal community but we can't without financial support. Every single share counts, every single donation counts. Please help us get to our goal ASAP as we don't have much time to raise these funds for the remainder of their care. Thank you from all the furry friends and NAAHR.