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Pups could use some kindness

by Linda Hiller

If cats have nine lives, how many chances do dogs get?

For a pair of lucky puppies in Gardnerville, the number is at least two.

The seven-week-old black lab mix puppies were brought to the Douglas County Animal Control shelter last week by concerned citizens who found the pair in a den near the Carson River.

Both dogs were injured – the male appeared to have a broken leg and the female, a broken pelvis. The mother had apparently been rescued and taken to Carson City previously. Douglas County officers speculated that the puppies might have been hiding at the time their mother was found at the site near the old power dam.

Animal control volunteer Colleen Hemingway, said the veterinarian who examined the puppies thought they had injuries which could have come from abuse.

“This is sad, considering it is ‘Be Kind to Animals Week,'” said supervisor Rhonda Fingar.

Initially, animal control personnel planned to do fund-raising to help defray the cost of surgery, but a north county family searching for a dog to adopt found out about the injured puppies and after much consternation, decided to take both the sister and the brother.

“They just couldn’t bear to separate the two,” said officer Janet Risko. “So they ended up adopting them both.”

Risko said the X-ray results on the pups indicated that some bone healing had already begun, so the dogs were released to the adoptive family with instructions to keep them confined so the bones would continue to heal.

“The little female was so cute,” said Fingar. “When she first got here she dragged her back end, but she gradually got so she could at least stand and eat.”

The male’s break was on a front leg so he was more mobile, she said. Both puppies underwent an examination by one of the veterinarians who work with animal control.

“We have already incurred $100 to pay the veterinarian for the X-rays and exam,” said Fingar, adding that anyone wishing to donate to the medical fund specifically designated for the puppies is welcome to do so.

The animal shelter is continuing to collect aluminum cans with the proceeds earmarked for the construction of a socialization yard where prospective owners and adoptees can get to know each other.

A spay and neuter fund has also been established to be applied to these operations required of every animal adopted out. Donations of toys and towels or blankets are always needed, Fingar said.

“We can always use towels,” she said. “The little puppies really need something soft to sit on and we don’t have the budget for it.”

Donations for any of the funds may be made to Douglas County Animal Control, P.O. Box 218, Minden, 89423 or call 782-9061 for more information of directions to the shelter.

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