FROM TRASH to "TREASURE"
A Cedar Hill citizen found a Chihuahua puppy at the bottom of a dirty garbage can shortly before trucks were scheduled to pick-up the trash in her neighborhood. Hearing something whimpering while taking out her own trash, she opened the can and discovered the 2 lb. pound puppy weak and dehydrated.
The puppy was taken to Tri-City Animal Shelter, where staff evaluated it and provided immediate care. They also gave her a name, as they do all animals that come into the shelter – “Treasure.”
Friends of Tri-City Animal Shelter has stepped up to cover the cost of Treasure’s veterinary care. She is currently being treated at Pet Medical Center of Duncanville, where veterinarians have diagnosed her with two inguinal hernias that will need to be surgically repaired. Inguinal hernias are typically genetic but can also be the result of trauma. Despite her rough start, she is expected to make a full recovery.
Tammy Miller, manager of Tri-City Animal Shelter, said her staff was appalled that someone would throw a puppy away. “We have all seen the recent Facebook video of a woman dumping a cat in a trashcan,” said Miller. “We certainly hope that did not inspire the terrible treatment of this puppy.”
Not only is abandonment of an animal inhumane, it’s also illegal. Anyone with information about the crime should contact Cedar Hill Animal Control at 972-223-6111.
You can contribute to Treasure’s veterinary bill, and the treatment of other dogs and cats like her, by donating to Friends of Tri-City Animal Shelter.
Treasure is staying with a wonderful foster family that is giving her lots of love and attention. She is not currently eligible for adoption; she needs to grow a little bigger, be spayed, and have her two hernias repaired first.
If you're ready to adopt, there are lots of dogs (and cats!) waiting for homes at Tri-City Animal Shelter. Head over to www.luvpets.org to see photos of available animals.
If you would like to foster an animal like Treasure, we always need families willing to house and care for waiting dogs and cats. Click here to learn more or visit Tri-City Animal Shelter to complete an application.
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Treasure's surgery may be as much as $1,000. Thank you for helping us ensure she has the veterinary care she needs.