He was curled up next to the spare tire in the trunk. The person dropping him off did not want to dirty his car by allowing this dog the space and dignity of a drive inside the car. We rushed the emaciated Boxer mix into our veterinary office and examined him. Chief, a dog who should have been 60 pounds, came to the Kentucky Humane Society weighing only 31 pounds. Our veterinarian wondered aloud how he had survived this long. He was days, perhaps hours, away from death.
The pressure sores on his body told of a life in a small crate. His legs trembled as he tried to stand and walk. We acted quickly to provide him with the fluids and nutrition he could handle.
Senior pups have something to wag about this summer, as the national nonprofit The Grey Muzzle Organization announces the recipients of its annual grants for animal welfare organizations providing programs for at-risk senior dogs—and dogs in Louisville find themselves among the winners.
Six-year-old Ziggy is a Great Pyrenees with quite a sad story to tell. Ziggy came to the Kentucky Humane Society after being rescued by Animal Rescue Corps from a hoarding/neglect situation. Ziggy was one of 48 dogs found living in deplorable conditions in Reagan, Tennessee. He, along with numerous other dogs, was found chained outdoors with inadequate food, water and veterinary care.
Four-month-old Stanley is a sweet Havanese mix who came to the Kentucky Humane Society suffering from Puppy Strangles. Puppy Strangles, also referred to as Juvenile Cellulitis, is a condition that can occur in puppies between the ages of 3 weeks and 4 months old.
The first thing most people notice when meeting Alley is her happy wiggle and her “moony” eyes that beg for attention. This sweet puppy loves nothing more than cuddling in a lap and playing with new friends.
Which makes Alley’s story even harder to understand.
On a cold, gray day in January, Louisville Metro Solid Waste employees were removing debris from alleys when they found a shocking site: under a pile of branches was a golden-colored dog. Half the skin on her back right leg was missing. She was whimpering in pain.