Wednesday, January 20, 2010
I'm walking Stella and Rocky one morning on the CNE grounds near Toronto Animal Services South when a car stops in front of me and Emily sticks her head out the window and yells, "Hello," which was unexpected and I say, "Hey," back and ask her what's up and she tells me she's found a dog and I'm like, "Huh?" and she says she's found a sick dog and is bringing it into TAS right now. Em had found the dog the night before at Trinity Bellwoods park, barely standing, and with no owner in sight so Em took the dog into her car and took her home to give her some water and food and comfort and see what would happen but what happened was that by next morning the dog had gotten worse and was leaving trails of pus from her vulva. Em figured the dog had pyometra because she recognized the symptoms - and the smell - because her last dog, Abby, the Rottie she took home from TAS, ended up getting it and had to get surgery for it.
Emily brings the dog into TAS and it looks like it might be dying too so one of the officers immediately drives it over to the vet clinic where she is left behind for an emergency spay which I guess is the treatment of choice for this kind of thing but emergency spays are not always successful for a dog, as Emily can tell you, and later that afternoon TAS gets a call from the vet asking permission to euthanize and in a situation like this, what can anyone do but say yes?
That's why it's a surprise the next morning when the vet clinic calls up and asks when TAS would like to take the dog back as it's up and eating and looking not too shabby for just having come back from the brink. The dog ends up staying at the clinic for a couple of more days(?), just to be safe, and then is brought back to the shelter where one of the animal control officers takes her home to name her Maggie and nurse her back to health.
Now, weeks later, Maggie is good and she is well except for a suture by her shoulder where a cyst had to be recently removed and she is an exceptionally sweet thing and will be up for adoption soon unless the ACO has other plans for her.
Thanks Emily. Thanks Kathleen.
For adoption information on these and other dogs (and cats and other animals), please visit Toronto Animal Services.