We have a bittersweet update to our recent Schnauzer story. You may remember that several weeks ago when there was a hurricane predicted for New Jersey, our AHS Newark Animal Control received a phone call from the Weequahic Park patrol in Newark, NJ. It seems that some cruel and heartless person abandoned some Schnauzer/terrier mixes in the park, and the terrified little pups were seeking refuge from the storm in some old tires. Our officers went out and were able to get two of the females to safety but unfortunately, no matter how hard they tried, the male continuously eluded them until he darted off out of sight.
The scared and sickly females were transferred to us at Popcorn Park where they were immediately examined by our veterinarian. They both suffered from severe pneumonia which was surely contracted during their abandonment outdoors. Sandy and Irene began a regimen of medications for their ailments, were given good meals and warm beds, and even though they were given an enormous run, they stayed huddled together on a bed in the corner, comforting each other.
While Sandy, the younger of the two females showed signs of improvement, Irene, who was quite elderly and most likely not in good health before this tragic event occurred, began declining. A couple of days ago Irene could no longer muster the strength to get herself up and she was rushed to our medical department. Despite all efforts to revive this poor girl, her illness was too much for her old body to recover from, and we lost this sweet and gentle girl.
Sandy was quite devastated at the loss of her dear friend and we were busy consoling her when miraculously, we got a call from our AHS Newark facility. It seems that our Animal Control Officers never gave up hope on the lost and terrified male schnauzer and finally, they got him! Our Executive Director drove him right down to us so that he could be reunited with his friend.
Joaquin was thoroughly examined by our veterinarian and other than being matted, dirty, and having a heavy flea infestation, Joaquin was in fairly good health. He was quickly given a spa day and neutered so that he could be reunited with his friend Sandy. When the two first saw each other, they both came alive and it was obvious that they had been missing each other very much. Both Sandy and Joaquin are very, very shy, scared, and confused as to what they did to deserve the terrible treatment they received from their former family. We are working hard to right all of the wrongs that were done to them but it will take time. We will be working hard to help these broken-hearted pups to overcome their fears and put their pasts behind them and we are only able to do this very important work because of kind and compassionate people that contribute to our Res-Q Fund. This fund was designed to enable us to save the special cases like Sandy and Joaquin and give them the fresh start in life that they deserve. If you would like to donate toward this very worthy cause, please make a contribution to our Res-Q Fund.
In the meantime, we will update again soon on our friends Sandy and Joaquin and hope that the next time that you see them, they will have forgotten all of the wrong that was done to them, and will be focusing on all of the right that they now have in their lives.
Read Sandy, Irene and Joaquin's original story here.