On Friday, November 6, 2015, members of Pequis First Nation involved in rescuing animals in the community notified Ark Project, a non-profit that helps transport stay dogs to rescue, of a stray dog running at large with a snap trap around his lower jaw. D'Arcy's A.R.C. was notified of the situation and the Provincial Vet and Provincial Animal Protection Officers initiated their search and rescue for this dog.
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After several attempts the injured, scared, and hungry dog was rescued on November 12, 2015 and taken to Gimli Vet Clinic where Dr. Torske initially treated him for his wounds. The trap was removed and the dog was transferred to D'Arcy's A.R.C. for recovery and ongoing treatment.
"This rescue effort is an excellent example of cooperation between the community, the Provincial Vet, and the rescue community," says D'Arcy Johnston, founder of D'Arcy's A.R.C. "Without the combined efforts, this dog could have spent much longer at large with critical injuries."
The dog, now named Smash Mouth by ARC employees, received follow-up treatment at to Birchwood Vet Hospital on November 16. Dr. Preston removed necrotic tissue and assessed the wound for further trauma. His lower jaw is intact but he may need reconstructive surgery. He will continue treatment at the A.R.C.
Smash Mouth is shy and reserved, but is eating well on his own and getting intensive aftercare from A.R.C. staff. His true personality is blossoming with each day of TLC.
Johnston, says that unfortunately the number of major injuries has increased this year.
“We have seen an increase in major injuries this year. We see animals coming in with serious injuries that are both a result of accidents, like car-accident injuries, and other more intentional actions," he says.
Johnston says that the shelter will need help with the ongoing vet care for Smash Mouth and other critical care animals in their care.
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