Puppies with deadly disease rescued from local gravel pit; donations sought for treatment – KIRO 7 News Seattle
TACOMA, Washington – Four pups continue battling a deadly disease after being rescued from a gravel pit in Tacoma last week.
Three pups were found in the Dickson Waller Road Gravel Pit on June 7, according to a press release from the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County. A fourth puppy was found on June 8th. All are Australian cattle dogs, said Lindsey Heaney, communications manager at the Humane Society.
A crew was about to start crushing stones when the gravel pit manager saw three pups, according to the notice. Jennifer Pallotta, contract administrator at Dickson, said she saw a photo of the pups from her boss and immediately went to the website.
Pallotta knew immediately that something was wrong with the pups. One puppy in particular didn’t want to look up, and neither of the pups ate or drank much, she said.
Pallotta sat with the puppies in a large trash can and got sweatshirts over them to keep them warm.
“Just the cutest puppies you can imagine … but I definitely knew they weren’t doing well,” she said.
Pallotta believes the pups were dumped together. She said the puppy that was found the next day had similar behavior.
The puppies have been brought to the Humane Society and are reported to remain in their care. All four were dehydrated, underweight, and tested positive for parvovirus on arrival.
Parvovirus is a contagious disease that affects the gastrointestinal tract, Heaney said. It often causes severe stomach pain, diarrhea and vomiting, which dries the animal out.
Heaney said a veterinary team is taking care of the pups around the clock. It is unclear whether puppies have been vaccinated or have recurrent health problems due to a lack of medical history.
The pups have been “much better” since Tuesday, Heaney said. The team hopes that all four pups will survive.
The Humane Society has set up a donation page to help cover treatment costs and has already received $ 3,200 in donations.
“We received donations and we are so grateful to the community and their generosity,” said Heaney.
Pallotta said she made a donation and hopes the pups get a fair chance to find a home.
“You broke our hearts,” said Pallotta. “They had such a sweet demeanor – there was no aggression … I think they would make very good family pets.”
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