EMACIATED PUPPY FOUND OUTSIDE BUFFALO VETERINARY CLINIC, RUSHED TO SPCA BY RURAL METRO AMBULANCE REPRESENTATIVES.
By: N Gilbert
PUP'S CONDITION EXTREMELY GUARDED; DONATE TOWARDS HER CARE HERE
Officers of the SPCA Serving Erie County are currently investigating circumstances leading up to the appearance of an emaciated, female pit bull puppy outside Anderson Inner City Animal Hospital in Buffalo Wednesday, November 28.
The shivering puppy, who was wearing a harness, was spotted by drivers of a Rural/Metro Medical Services ambulance. Ambulance drivers approached the animal hospital and told a representative the dog was there. They were informed that the SPCA Serving Erie County had already been contacted and a rescue driver was on her way (the SPCA was, in fact, contacted, and had dispatched a rescue driver who was told an emaciated cat was found near the clinic; the clinic representative who spoke with ambulance drivers was a maintenance employee not authorized to handle animals).
According to Brian Lawson, director of public affairs for Rural/Metro Medical Services, "This was a real team effort. Norine Hoch, EMT Intermediate, and Breanna Horwood, EMT Basic, wrapped the puppy in blankets and hot packs to keep her warm. Since we can’t transport animals in an ambulance and the crew needed to be available to take emergency calls, one of our supervisors, Mike Arquette, took the puppy to the SPCA in his paramedic fly car, one of the marked SUVs.”
Currently, the puppy, dubbed Metro, is in guarded condition. According to SPCA head veterinarian Dr. Helene Chevalier, "This morning, the puppy's temperature is within normal limits. She is brighter, can stand, and is eating well on her controlled diet. We will continue to monitor through bloodwork the functioning of her internal organs. She continues to be supported medically through heating pads, IV fluids, vitamin supplements, and a diet particularly for starvation cases. She is severely emaciated, scoring only a 1 out of 9 body score. Over the weekend, we will attempt to remove support systems to find if she is able to thermal regulate and remain hydrated on her own. We are hopeful."
SPCA animal cruelty investigation officers are currently investigating the circumstances leading up to Metro's emaciated state. Anyone with information on Metro is encouraged to contact SPCA Director of Animal Cruelty Investigations Jeff Eyre, 716-629-3525. The SPCA does accept and respond to anonymous tips.
Keep watching YourSPCA.org for updates on Metro's condition.
TO DONATE TOWARDS METRO'S CARE AT THE SPCA, VISIT OUR YELP FOR HELP DONATION FORM, OR CALL NANCY AT THE SPCA: 716-629-3523.