A happy 'tail' from the Yavapai Humane Society
The Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) has another wonderful STAR Animal story to share. STAR (Special Treatment And Recovery) is a program funded by donations that allows YHS to care for rescued sick, injured, abused and neglected animals who would have been euthanized if not for our community's compassionate support.
Our latest STAR Animal is Dewey. Dewey is a little 4-year-old male Australian cattle dog mix who was brought to YHS on March 12 by a young Good Samaritan couple. The couple found Dewey lying in the streets of the town of Dewey unable to get up or walk. They picked him up, loaded him in their car and transported him to YHS.
When he arrived at YHS, he was appropriately named Dewey. Dewey weighed in at 17 pounds - less than half of what he ought to weigh. He was emaciated. He was little more than dehydrated skin and bones and sunken eyes. However, that "little more" ultimately made all the difference. That "little more" could be seen through the window of his sunken eyes. Even his tail betrayed that "little more" as he spent what little strength he had to flip his tail - a flip that was meant to be a wag if only he had the strength.
As soon as Dewey came through our doors, the YHS medical team sprang into action. Many shelters don't have the resources or even the inclination to treat such an abused animal. They would have thought mercy killing a kind and fitting end to his suffering. But thanks to the YHS STAR program, there was a more positive outcome possible for Dewey.
The initial bloodwork discovered regenerative anemia and high liver values. These results confirmed our worst fears: This was not a dog who was sick; this was a perfectly healthy dog who had been deliberately or neglectfully starved - a felony in Arizona.
Dewey was fed intravenously to hydrate and nourish him. In time, he was given solid food in very small amounts so as to not shock his famished body. Eventually he was eating and drinking normally. Today, Dewey weighs more than 30 pounds and he has no problem wagging his tail. His eyes are filled with love for all those he sees and he will follow you anywhere. His teeth have been cleaned, his vaccinations made current, and he has been groomed. A recent blood panel shows his liver values returning to normal and his anemia retreating.
Dewey has spent the past several weeks in the front office at YHS. Everyone who has met him has fallen in love with him. He loves to be with people, and our staff loved to have him nearby. It was a bittersweet experience to say goodbye to this wonderful animal, but we are so excited for him and his new life with a loving family. We will miss him.
YHS is offering a $5,000 reward for any information that leads to the conviction of the person or persons responsible for starving Dewey. If you have any information, please contact YHS at 445-2666, ext. 21.
Dewey is alive today because of the compassion of YHS supporters. If you would like to help animals like Dewey, please consider making an on-line donation to the YHS STAR program by clicking on the "Donation" icon on our website at www.yavapaihumane.org or by calling 445-2666, ext. 20.
Reminder: You are invited to the YHS Baby Shower this Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and will feature crafts, information about our foster program, puppy training advice, demonstrations, including one by our Blue Ribbon dogs (dogs enrolled in training classes with volunteer handlers), entertainment, face-painting, vendor booths, a bake sale, free balloons and a surprise or two.
Please leave your pets at home to insure a safe and healthy event for all. But you are welcome to take a new family member home with you!
Ed Boks is the executive director of the Yavapai Humane Society. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 445-2666, ext. 21.