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  • Abandoned pups get second chance

    Mar 11, 2016 | Read More News
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    Gates Pass puppiesA family of five Terrier-mix pups will get their second chance, thanks to a group of four good Samaritans who rescued them after they’d been dumped in a dark, desolate spot near the Gates Pass area Wednesday night. 

    “These folks were in the right place at the right time to find the abandoned pups,” said Xochiltl Delgadillo, a Pima Animal Care Center investigator who received the call about the pups and rushed out to help. “Their chance of surviving out in the desert would have been minimal.” 

    PACC doctors estimate the Terriers, two females and three males who weigh between 6 and 14 pounds, are about 3 months old. The pups are generally in good health, but the family has tested positive for giardia, a common but non-life threatening gut parasite in young animals. Past donations made by the community to PACC’s Medical Fund means they can all be treated and cured of the condition over the next 7 to 10 days.
“We expect them to make a swift recovery,” said Dr. Jennifer Wilcox, PACC’s director of veterinary services.

    Some of the pups sustained minor abrasions from running into cactus, and two of them have partially amputated legs or paws, which appears to have been caused by old injuries, or possibly a birth defect. 

    While no one knows how the Terriers ended up at Gates Pass, Delgadillo said it looks like the typical case of illegal animal dumping, where unwanted pets turn up in deserted rural areas. 

    Elizabeth Spry found the pups while driving through the area Wednesday night. At first she only saw the black and white pup near the side of the road, but once she pulled over to help, she discovered the other four nearby. 

    “I felt really bad and thought they were going to get run over or become food for the desert critters as it got darker,” Spry said. “I’m just so thankful that people stopped to help because I couldn’t do it alone.”

    Spry enlisted the help of other drivers. She said at one point, about eight or nine of them assisted. It took nearly two hours for the group to catch all five dogs.

    By the time Delgadillo arrived, the dogs were safely in Spry’s SUV. Delgadillo brought them back to PACC where they immediately received medical attention, soft beds and food. 

    The stray Terriers could be cleared for adoption by Sunday at PACC’s shelter, 4000 N. Silverbell Road. However, they will still be receiving treatment for giardia for the next 7 to 10 days. If adopters want to look at the pups or reserve one, they can come to the shelter to see them in Harry’s Haven, which is PACC’s sick dog-recovery area. The puppies’ ID numbers are A553957, A553958, A553959, A553960 and A552961.

    Folks interested in adopting these dogs, or any other PACC pet, should wear University of Arizona gear to get half off of the adoption fee. PACC will honor this discount through the end of the month in support of the March college basketball season and Tucson’s very own Arizona Wildcats. Otherwise, normal adoption fees are $50 for puppies and kittens or $30 for any pet over six months. As always, the adoption fee includes the pet’s spay or neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, a microchip, and a free vet visit.