6/30/16 – You may have read the news story about the 99 dogs recovered from a home in Cottervile, MI. One of the rescues who was called in to assist, Michigan Animal Crew (MAC), has asked us for medical assistance. Because of the success in our Father’s Day Challenge, we were able to help three of the dogs who were in very serious condition — Nelson, Sargent, and Clooney. Here is the story as reported to us by MAC. ~ diana
“Here is the story as it unfolded June 24, 2016.
The St. Clair County Animal control had 22 of the Cotterville hoarding dogs. They got the dogs on June 13, 2016. The alleged owners of the 99 dogs were charged with 2-4 year felonies. There are plenty of stories in the Times Herald in Port Huron.
13 of the dogs were in advanced stages of parvo and one had died before the vet identified it and said “put these 13 down”. These 13 were vomiting and had bloody diarrhea and were very lethargic. The vet put them down by 11 am on June 24, 2016. However, there were 7 other dogs that were housed with these dogs. They were tested by St. Clair County Animal Control and they tested positive for parvo but THEY WERE ASYMPTOMATIC FOR PARVO. We were contacted as the shelter is small and they had no more parvo tests to test the balance of the dogs in the shelter. The dogs could be euthanized because they had no way to test them. We contacted several vets and purchased Parvo test kits and got them to the St. Clair Animal Control. All dogs were tested. Everyone else was negative — thank God.
The 7 Parvo positive dogs were transported by the St. Clair Animal Control to Wilson Veterinary at our request. Wilson took the dogs into the parvo quarantine intensive care unit and retested the dogs. However, each dog had a bad upper respiratory infection and each was put on Clavamox.
Several of the dogs had coxcidia, one had a major eye problem and one had what may have been a broken nose and facial problems which needed to be addressed. All of these problems were treated and all dogs are on several medications.
Many of these dogs are very scared and timid and do not receive human contact very well but each day gets better. Each is being worked with in a private home..
Each dog stunk so bad and their fur was stained with urine; their white coats were yellow. The wonderful fosters have been bathing them several times and cleaning their ears, eyes and butts. They are getting better socially but many will take time.”