IFAW Haiti: Lassie Gets Lucky

This post was filed by the International Fund for Animal Welfare's (IFAW) J.C. Bouvier who is on the ground in Port-au-Prince working with the Animal Rescue Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) teams.

Haiti_day_5_020110_0328 In the morning, our vet met the team in the camp, and we proceeded to journey down into Port-au-Prince, Haiti...we took a brief stop at the tent city we had scheduled the afternoon to introduce our vet and ensure that the residents were ready to bring their animals to us for aid when we returned later that afternoon...

Our next stop was at the village where Dik the dog lives on Lilavois Street in the neighborhood of Bon Repos. His owner Keith was happy to see us, and our vet was able to asses his condition...when the building he was in collapsed during the earthquake...rubble must have fallen on his spine...and while he has no detectable fractures...his spine was injured...our veterinarian, Dr. Thomas, administered anti-inflamatory medication and steroids to help Dik heal...his owner thanked us and we moved on...

The day prior we had made arrangements to meet with a villager who was to bring 50 dogs to a location we had been working in...we arrived in the manner of the traditional Haitian appointment (read: 40 minutes or so after the agreed to time)...the villager didn't arrive...however there was a person who said there were six dogs in a house nearby that needed attention...

We arrived at what once had certainly been an attractive set of four houses...with wonderful mature plantings...and architecture, but had clearly been neglected over time and partially destroyed the earthquake...here we found "Lassie"...she came when called...and after a moment of scurrying around....showed us all a terrible embedded wire wound in her neck...

The team quickly set up a field station where "Lassie" was tranquilized, her wound was cleaned and prepped for stitching...once she was treated, vaccinated and given a nutritional boost...Dick Green said, "Lassie is one lucky dog, if we hadn't stopped here...she would have been dead within a week, there were maggots already in the lesion..."

We finished our work for the day and headed back to our camp...another long day...but the people whose animals we treat are genuinely grateful...

We're still working on the video featuring Dik the dog, look for it to come up on the blog soon...

Comments: 8

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

Many thanks for what you do. Vet Science - what a wonderful profession & thank-you for sharing your skills. So many animals are being restored to health, because of the way you choose to live your life. Thank-you to you & those who help you.

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

cool blog my friend, im a medical student to, from venezuela, and im in first year right now...
i find really interesting this post...

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

Hope Dik is fairing well!

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

This is the greatest post i have come across so far. I am really pleased to post my comment on this blog. I love your blog by the way, I am gonna have to add you to my list of watch blogs.At last i am praying for this dog that he get well soon

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

Iam Praying for this dog...to get well soon...
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Anonymous
4 years ago

Your work is just amazing. Thank you for devoting your lives to help animals that are in need. I admire your persistence.
All by best, Linda from Sweden

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

Wonderful! Thank you so much for all the work you've been doing.

 
Anonymous
4 years ago

praying for the dog!

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