Piper was hit by a car on January 31, 2018. Her owners contacted our vet who in turn contacted us. The owners were going to put the dog to sleep because they could not afford the time or financial commitment but Dr. Whitley of Bluegrass Animal Clinic wanted to give her a fighting chance.
Piper was surrendered to BRAR on January 31, 2018.
After x-rays it was determined that Piper sustained a pelvic symphisis fracture. She also had some pretty bad road rash and broken teeth. Initially she was in so much pain that she would snap and bite whenever she needed to be moved. But as time has gone by she has started to become easier to move and now even attempts to drag herself, although she is assisted by a sling.
Piper is being boarded for daily therapy and pain control at Bluegrass, which is a daily expense but the best option for her at the moment.
We will continue to update Piper's condition. We still are not sure of her long-term prognosis. We obviously want her to be happy with high quality of life.
Today was another day of puppy inquiries.
Two puppies, Loki and Bogart, were strays that showed up at someone's home. They are chunky little monkeys. They were vaccinated, dewormed and giving flea meds and placed into foster.
We also had two other puppies, Bryce and Fisher, brought in that were allegedly dumped at someone's home. They were given a body condition score of 2 out of 10. All bones are visible through their skin and they're very scared. Fecal analysis showed coccidia. They were vaccinated and placed into our main puppy foster.
We were also contacted about helping rehome sweet Maxie girl.
We've also been contacted by TWO MORE PUPPIES...haven't gathered details yet though.
The moral of the story: SPAY AND NEUTER ALL PETS!!!
Back Roads Animal Rescue is expanding. Due to the lack of committed foster families we need to find better use of our current resources. Most of the dogs are housed at the founder's home and luckily they have a lot of land. But the land needs to be prepared for safely containing more dogs.
Right now there are several free standing kennels but they are mostly used just to quarantine animals while they are on stray hold. The idea for this expansion is to create a more natural environment where the dogs can run and play, swim, and rest. There is currently one pasture that is fenced with barbed wire so the fence posts are in place. The barbed wire will be removed and new fencing will be installed. Then shelters/houses will be placed so that all dogs can have a place to sleep.
No dogs will be placed in the pasture without temperament testing as we do not want any dogs harmed due to fighting. We don't intend for the pasture to hold more than 15 dogs at a time, and dogs will be allowed out when an adult is present to supervise them. Once this project is complete we will be starting on a cat project.
To donate, visit
www.backroadsrescue.com/donate or https://www.youcaring.com/backroadsanimalrescueinc-876729
To read about some of the animals we assisted with during January:
On July 25 in the evening we received a message from a friend and volunteer, Lori. She had intercepted a little pit bull mix puppy who had allegedly had its mouth wired (externally) closed at some point. Just one look at the photos and you'll see why we couldn't turn her away. How sad that anyone would even think to do this to an animal...
We call her Kappie. We had her spayed, vaccinated, and started on heartworm prevention. She's about six months old. We are trying to move her to a rescue out of state. Kentucky is no place for abused or neglected dogs since we all knows the "laws" around here are basically non-existent and even the ones we have are rarely enforced.
I'm attaching a link to a news story. I don't need to explain this, but feel free to leave your thoughts.
Sundays are usually full of rescue stories. Today we intercepted five little puppies approximately 8 weeks old. They were found on a riverbank, apparently abandoned, by a concerned citizen. They were able to coax the puppies off the bank and bring them to us.
The puppies are lice infested, flea infested and have skin infections with patches of thinning hair. They are likely full of worms as their bellies are very swollen. A couple of them have drainage from their eyes and one has an ulcerated sore on its ear.
We also had a request to take in two kittens that someone found as strays. They are skinny and in need of care, but we cannot take them. We are going to try to document on this blog anytime we get requests that we both can and cannot be of assistance.
We are currently overfull and really didn't have room for the five puppies, but we couldn't turn them away and leave them on that riverbank in the middle of nowhere. I wish we could help with the kittens, too, but there is NOWHERE for them. I at least had an open kennel to hold the puppies.