Animal Care Officer Saves Two Dogs from Certain Death In Past Four Days

9/18/2013

FLORENCE – Two dogs owe their survival to the quick and responsible actions of one Pinal County Animal Care & Control officer. 

Female English Bulldog – Saturday, September 18
Pinal County Animal Care & Control got a call from a San Tan Valley area resident who was reporting that an English bulldog was lying in a driveway, breathing heavily and showing signs of heat stroke.  The dog did not belong to the property owners at that location.

The responding officer found the nearly unresponsive dog with bright red skin, bloodshot eyes and a very high body temperature.  The officer offered water to the dog and attempted to cool the dog’s body while transporting her to the shelter.  At the shelter, fluids were administered to the dog and efforts to cool her down continued.  When the distress did not subside, the animal was brought to a vet for additional treatment. 

Thanks to a microchip, the bulldog’s owner was located.  The owner indicated that they were in the process of moving to Phoenix and the dog must have slipped out of the house unnoticed.  The owner has claimed the dog and the she is recovering.

“Heat stroke is a very serious condition and dogs with short snouts are more susceptible,” said Animal Care & Control Director Kaye Dickson.  “Thanks to the quick action of our officer and the owner having microchipped her dog, this story has a happy ending.”

Male Husky – Tuesday, September 17
The same Animal Care & Control officer received a call from the Florence Police Department that a dog was tied to a chain and walking on top of a block wall.  The police officer was concerned that if the dog jumped or fell, it would hang itself.

When Animal Care & Control arrived on scene, the dog had fallen off the block wall and was hanging limp and unresponsive from the collar around its neck.  His tongue and gums were blue. 

“Our officer quickly unsnapped the lead and detected a very faint heartbeat so she administered chest compressions and the dog gasped for breath and began breathing on its own,” Dickson said.  “Meanwhile, the officer from Florence PD ran the plate of a car parked at the property and we were able to get in touch with the dog’s owner.”

The dog’s owner claimed the dog at the scene and transported it to a vet for follow-up care.  The dog is expected to make a full recovery.

“We discourage people from tying a dog out due to the risk of heat stroke, strangulation and burns from metal clips and injuries,” Dickson said.  “The owner had tied her dog out because it was an energetic fence jumper.  She just missed the crucial step of making sure the tie-out is shorter than the hazards a dog or puppy might encounter – in this case strangulation from a fall.”

Both dogs had extremely high body temperatures that put them at risk for death, organ failure or brain damage.  Based on follow-up contacts with the owners of both dogs, both dogs will recover from these incidents.

“I’m extremely proud of the hard work our officers do.  They’re in the field – out in our communities – responding to heart-wrenching situations and all too often we don’t have happy endings or appreciative owners.  I’m happy to say that the owners of both dogs were extremely grateful to our officer for her life-saving actions,” Dickson said.

Animal Care & Control operates a shelter at 1150 South Eleven Mile Corner Road, east of Casa Grande.  The shelter is open on weekdays from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

On Saturday, September 28, the shelter will be offering free rabies vaccines with every license or license renewal in commemoration of World Rabies Day.  Shelter hours will be extended from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and discounted microchipping and other dog and cat vaccines will be available.

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