Sunday, February 20, 2011

Day 1- Oscar's Rescue

Day 1- 2/19/2011

This is the story of Oscar. He is a 1 year old German Shepherd/Pyrenees mix from Lake Traverse Indian Reservation who was rescued by Secondhand Hounds.

As you may already know, the Tribal Authority of Lake Traverse has issued a ban on all dogs living in tribal housing. As of April 1, all dogs must be off the reservation or will be shot on sight. Rescues have been working closely with volunteers in Lake Traverse to save as many dogs as possible before this date.

Oscar was rescued from the reservation on 2/19/2011. Based on reports Oscar walked right up to the volunteers as if he knew they were there to save him. He was leash less and collarless. They noticed his stomach wound and knew he needed immediate medical attention.

Oscar rode for 4 hours from Traverse to the Twin Cities. The volunteers that drove him commented that he slept the whole way without a peep. He must have been exhausted. He was sent to the Eden Prairie Emergency Vet where he was brought into surgery at about 9 pm. The wound, right below his ribcage, was the size of a grapefruit, and extended through layers of skin, tissue, and muscle. It was black and infected. The overnight vet team worked hard to debride all the necrotic tissue. Stitches were placed to stretch the skin. Therefore, the wound is not entirely closed yet, and he is still at high risk for infection. Antibiotics were started and he spent his first night at the Eden Prarie emergency vet.

We thank them for all of their hard work.

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