It was late on April 27th, when the AHS was called out to pick up an intact mixed breed canine after it had been hit by a car. Due to the late hour, the dog was brought to the Animal Emergency & Referral Associates (AERA) in Fairfield to determine the extent of the injuries.
While the dog was at AERA, a call was made to them by someone who identified themselves as the owner who wanted more information. As is their policy, the vet would not divulge any information to any individuals except a representative of AHS. The Labradoodle was in shock; reflexes to the legs were absent, there was no deep pain perception in both hind legs, multiple skin abrasions, and more.
After a few days as AERA and stabilizing the dog, he was sent to our Tinton Falls shelter for Dr. Emily Marion, to take over the case. The dog's owner, and her representative from a rescue group, called our vet on numerous occasions due to the serious condition of the dog.
The owner advised that the dog is an 8 year old Labradoodle; and she continued to call but would give no definitive response as to her decision on the dog's future. It has been well over 2 weeks and she has not responded to us.
What has made this unappealing to the owner to reclaim her dog is that not only is there no motor function in both hind limbs, but the dog's bladder must be expressed several times a day.
The manner in which AHS was treated was pitiful -- we did not let the dog run loose; we were not the ones who did not have a tag on the dog; we were not the ones who failed to get the dog microchipped. Because of an owner's carelessness and silence, the emergency veterinary bill is over $2,000.
Now that his owner has abandoned him, we have provided Sam with a cart that he enjoys being hooked up to so he can go outdoors. We hoping that someone who loves animals and familiar with these physical limitations will call if interested.
For more information, call AHS at 732-922-0100 or e-mail us to learn more about Sam.