Priscilla Lundblad: A dog in need
September 23, 2011
To the editor:
The Bear Creek Animal Hospital and Craig law enforcement are to be commended for saving the life of a young dog, an Airedale Terrier named Leo.
Last week, the hospital contacted me regarding an emaciated Airedale who had been brought to their facility.
I'm the state coordinator of the Airedale Terrier Rescue and Adoption group in Colorado. They asked if we would be able to help him once he was released by the Craig Police Department because he was in their custody.
On Saturday, Leo was released into ATRA's care and transported, with the help of a volunteer in Craig, to Denver to a 24-hour emergency facility with specialty care. He was still weak, but walking on his own. I must admit, I was taken aback to see his emaciated body and to feel the sharp ends to his ribs and backbone.
But, despite it all, Leo exhibited the stoic behavior of an Airedale. As much as his body hurt and as close as he had come to death, he still had the Airedale spirit.
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Leo's story is a very sad one. He weighed 35 pounds, half of his estimated normal weight of 70 pounds, when he was brought to Bear Creek Animal Hospital and was so weak he couldn't stand.
His fur was matted with sores underneath and he was covered in his own feces. The hospital shaved him all over and gave him an oatmeal bath and antibiotics for the sores.
Leo is making good progress, and when he is ready he will go to a foster home to continue his recovery.
Once he has gained sufficient weight, is in good health, has had minor eye surgery and has been neutered, Leo will be available for adoption to a forever home where he will receive lots of loving care.
Community donations for the care of Leo are most welcome and appreciated. Checks should be made payable to ATRA and sent to the treasurer, Alison Lang, at 1123 Vesper Road, Ann Arbor, Mich., 48103. Be sure to note that the donation is for Leo.
ATRA is a volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue, evaluation and placement of Airedale Terriers who have lost their homes or need rescuing.
The volunteer network spans 14 of the midwestern states plus the province of Ontario. ATRA was formed in 1995 as a nonprofit 501(c) (3) corporation.
If you are interested in knowing more about ATRA, please visit the website at http://www.aire-rescue.com