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Zoe saves poorly puppy

Saturday, 9th November, 2013

Zoe Cherry is hoping to adopt a sick pup she found at the mini pound. She went to check on his health yesterday while he was in isolation.PICTURE: Emily Roberts Zoe Cherry is hoping to adopt a sick pup she found at the mini pound. She went to check on his health yesterday while he was in isolation.PICTURE: Emily Roberts

By By Emily Roberts

A woman has stumbled upon a sick dog abandoned at the depot, prompting vets to remind locals that the parvo virus is still out there.

Zoe Cherry was at the Lifeline store at the depot on Thursday when she noticed the rubbish dump’s mini pound and went over and found a young puppy with no water or food in one of the cages.

“I have a knack for being in the right place at the right time,” she said.

“It was really upsetting to see him there. I took him to the Veterinary Clinic and gave them my details.”

Zoe said she was happy to adopt the Blue American Staffordshire and would help with any medical bills.

She said she would like to adopt this puppy as well.

“I already own a Neapolitan mastiff and another English Staffy. I like to spend a lot of time with them,” she said.

“I love Staffys and I’m not afraid to put in the effort with them.”

Zoe said she was disgusted at the treatment of the puppy.

“Tabby (local veterinarian Guillaume Tabuteau) thinks it is because he was sick that his owners dumped him,” she said.

“The pound will have to keep him for seven days, but hopefully no one comes forward because I would really like to adopt him.”

Dr Tabuteau said it was becoming a sad trend for people to abandon pets.

“Unfortunately for some people, a dog is simply a possession and they can get one easily and cheaply,” he said.

“Once they have dumped one, they can probably get another one.”

He said people often don’t want to risk a lecture from animal care providers.

“If people dump a dog in the mini pound it might not be seen for over 12 hours. It is cruel to leave it sick and lying there.

“Also if they are contagious they might pass it on to other animals.

“If you have an option, please contact us or the RSPCA and say you wish to surrender the animal.

“If you think the animal is sick then tell us.”

Dr Tabuteau said the pup may have gastro.

“It also could have been stress-related from being locked up,” he said.

“We have put him in isolation as a precaution.”

He said the Parvovirus which seems to being going around town has slowed down.

“But we have received a few phone calls about sick dogs - then they haven’t brought them in,” he said.

“I was speaking with a vaccine manufacturer who said from here to the Spencer Golf has had the worst outbreak of parvo in many years.”

Dr Tabuteau reminded everyone that if they have a sick animal they may call or take them to the clinic or RSPCA.

Contact the clinic on 8087 4242 or the RSPCA on 8087 7753.

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