Millions of cats and dogs are abandoned by their owners every year. In some of the cases, when the animals are lucky, their owners rehome them using the proper channels while in other cases, the poor animals are left somewhere far from their homes so that they cannot find the way back. And sadly, many such animals are not able to make it and meet tragic ends.
However, thanks to the kindheartedness of one good Samaritan, a similar tragedy was averted in Boonville, Missouri.
The good Samaritan happened to see a distressed dog sitting alone by the side of a highway, nearly 100 miles away from Kansas City. The black spaniel was sitting beside a cardboard box and was desperately trying to open it by pawing at it. Although the weather was extremely cold, the dog wasn’t willing to leave the box and seek shelter.
The movements inside the cardboard box and the keening of the dog definitely meant that something wasn’t quite right, still, the good Samaritan couldn’t have imagined what he was going to witness after opening the box.
The box was sealed with a tape so he brought a penknife from his car to cut open it. Upon opening it, he found 4 wriggling puppies who were barely a month old.
Fortunately, the man knew the area so he quickly took the shivering pups along with their mother to the nearest veterinary clinic, Crain Veterinary Center. At the clinic, the dogs were checked for injuries after they were warmed up adequately. Luckily, the pups had no wounds on them although they had infections caused by worms and mites present on their skin.
The man then reached up to a non-profit shelter, Midwest Animal ResQ, that rescues and rehomes abandoned, abused or injured animals.
Erin Morse, from the shelter, answered the appeal for help and visited the clinic to meet the spaniel and the pups. The vets, as well as Morse, agreed that the puppies were still alive because they kept each other warm inside the cardboard box.
The condition of the mother wasn’t right and she needed a proper treatment for a few days so all of the canines were admitted to the Kansas City’s shelter under the care of Susan Schatz.
Schatz, the experienced shelter’s vet, gave proper medical attention to the family and due to her efforts, all of them started recovering at a rapid pace.
After some time, when the puppies will be older and healthier, Morse and the shelter’s team will begin searching new homes for them. As of now, the little family is safe, thanks to one Samaritan and the team of rescuers.
This just shows that no matter how cruel and heartless people can be, no harm will come to the innocent creatures as long as there are also good people who are willing to show concern for them.
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