|From the main road, we saw this little injured puppy inside the construction site (we named him Jerry)|
We drove past a filthy, dusty construction site and saw two small dogs on the dirt track. From afar, they looked like the dachshunds we were looking for so we turned back and entered the site. However when we got near, we realized that they were local breed, 1-month-old puppies; two brothers, black and one cream.
|Spot the tiny puppy|
|Only as big as a shoe (big brother Ben)|
Workers from the construction site were standing around looking at the two puppies so I asked them if they knew where the puppies came from, or if they knew where the puppies’ mommy was. One of the workers said that someone had taken these two puppies from Seletar Country Club and brought them over, thus separating them from their mommy.
|Little Jerry. Had we not saved him, he would have died from an infection or septic shock|
|The workers expected the puppies to live there alone!|
|Empty food and water bowls, infested with red ants|
|Imagine these little puppies living alone, without mommy, food or water. (Jerry)|
Young volunteer Sherrie pointed out that the vet was still open and that we could take the puppy with the broken tail in, so we returned to the site where we first found them. The two pups were asleep amidst the debris, so we carried them in towels and rushed to vet.
|Gracia taking the puppies to safety|
|A badly injured and broken tail|
Our volunteers Sherrie held Jerry, while Gracia carried Ben (black puppy) during our drive to the vet. We decided to take Ben along, as we didn’t want him to miss his brother and wander out to main road looking for him only to be hit by a car. We also thought that we might as well bring him in for a full medical check-up and deworm. Vaccination had to wait, as they were too young for it as it is typically given at 6-8 weeks old. They were barely a month old.
After checking Jerry’s broken tail, the vet said that it was probably broken a few days before as the wound was very raw. It could possibly have been stuck in something and the skin and tail broke while Jerry tried to break free from being stuck. The vet also said that if we did not amputate the broken tail, the wound might turn septic and worsen. He advised that we did it now while the puppy was fit so that it had a better chance of recovery. We decided to heed the vet’s advice.
So the tail amputation was done the next day. The little puppy cried and whined so much – probably in pain, and also missing his mommy and brother by his side. Such a tragedy, to have such harm and pain come to a tiny creature that had only lived on earth for 30 days.
|Jerry's broken tail|
|Sherrie with Jerry|
|Gracia with Ben|
|Poor Jerry after his tail amputation|
If you would like to help, you could do so by dropping us an email if you wish to do one of the following:
1) Help us with the vet bills incurred by Jerry’s surgery. You may do so by sending a cheque to Hope Dog Rescue.
2) Adopt Jerry (male, 1 mth old, local cross breed)
3) Adopt Ben (male, 1 mth old, local cross breed)
Photo credits Gracia Ang and Sherrie Tan. Written by Elaine Quek for Fiona Foo