>> Saturday, December 27, 2008
The plan was to pick up the Puppy Mill rescues late Sunday night from New Paltz and Albany, NY. Unfortunately the winter storm made the transportation efforts more dramatic and there were some last minute change in plans!
Two of our rescue pugs were pregnant & the stress of the earlier trip brought on labor. One of the pugs, Angel gave birth during the transport! Our wonderful vet Dr. Doug Meade (Burlington Vet Hospital – www.burlingtonvet.com) who was so incredibly patient & caring, helped direct our transporters via cell phone. About 4 hours later - another puppy was born. Unfortunately, even after lots of loving from her mommy, and our amazing transport driver Kristi administering "mouth-to-mouth" on her, she did not survive. One puppy remained, Little Liam.
Kristi met Drea in New Paltz and she was able to get all of the pugs safely into NYC where they were immediately taken to our NYC Curly Tail vet, Dr. Tufaro at 12:30am to take Angel into emergency care and get fluids & milk into premature Little Liam. Gidget, who was also pregnant, came in as well. Both pugs and puppy stayed with Dr. Tufaro for a couple of days.
We were able to transport some of our rescues into foster care (throughout NYC and NJ) and some up to Kristin in Massachusetts. In MA, Kristin brought Gidget and some of the other puglets to get the additional medical care they needed.
Angel and Liam were not well enough to make the trip up to MA and stayed behind in NYC. Drea brought Liam and Angel home, Angel didn't really know how to be a mom, so Drea gave Liam IV fluids and bottle fed him Angel's milk. Sadly, after lots of ups and downs, we lost Little Liam in the middle of the night.
Christmas day arrived.....and Gidget went into labor! After several hours, she safely delivered her litter of jet black Christmas puppies! They are healthy and doing well so far with 24 hr medical supervision.
Many of the pugs are healthy and safe. They are in foster care with our amazing volunteers and doing incredibly well with their crate training...something we didn't think was possible with puppy mill rescues! They are unbelievably sweet and well behaved! We do have 2 more dentals to provide, several pugs with untreated ulcerated eyes and 2 females that are not doing well from the surgery they had prior to transport. We are taking care of all medical treatment needed. Our healthy pugs (who are all spayed/neutered, UTD on their shots and had their dentals) will be placed with some of the many wonderful families we have already on our pre-approved list.
This was Little Liam who tried so hard but left us too soon. He was only 3 days old.
You can visit the Curly Tail Website for more pictures and soon to be bios of the adoptable dogs.
This rescue effort cost us over $6800 already and that is without all of the medical care needed. Your support and donations during this time are very much needed. Any donations received now will help defray some of the expenses we have already paid and the medical bills that are coming in daily.
Thank you to all that have helped with this rescue through transports, emergency medical & foster care, supplies & monetary donations and much much more!
To donate to Curly's Puppy Mill Rescue Effort please click the Chip In link below.