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Anna's backstory

by Kyler Laird last modified 2009-02-16 15:33

This is how Anna came into rescue.

date: 2009-02-16 (4636 days ago)

dogs: Anna

I often get very little information about the dogs who come into our program. Anna, however, made the news. I'm copying her story here so that it doesn't expire. It's especially interesting to me because I often complain about dogs in need who make the news and are saved at amazing cost while healthy dogs in the same community are killed due to lack of resources. In this case, Anna was saved but then she couldn't find a home.

Here's the original article. I appreciate that it was covered by the local news.

Animal Control called in to tend to ailing Saint Bernards


Vanderburgh County Animal Control officers Steve Bitter, partially visible at left, and Kyle Murray and Evansville Police Department officer Randy Rolley take one of four Saint Bernards out of the residence at 313 E. Virginia St. on Monday afternoon. Animal Control was called to the address to investigate a complaint about dogs not being properly cared for. Two other dogs and several cats also were found in good condition.

Evansville-Vanderburgh Animal Control removed four "severely emaciated" Saint Bernards from a home on East Virginia Street on Monday after receiving a complaint.

Monica Freeman, superintendent of Animal Control, said the home had lots of fecal matter and there was a strong ammonia smell.

Two additional dogs and numerous cats also were in the home but were in good condition, she said. The four Saint Bernards "... needed to be out of there immediately."

The two remaining dogs have different owners, who are removing them from the premises, Freeman said.

"The cats did have food and water and were of good weight," she said. "They weren't in immediate danger."

The Saint Bernards, all friendly adults, were seen by a veterinarian Monday. They are now at the Animal Control shelter at 815 Uhlhorn Street.

The dogs are receiving treatment for being severely underweight and having internal parasites. They also have some kind of skin condition, Freeman said. The results of additional diagnostic tests are anticipated today.

"The dogs aren't in good shape," she said.

Judging by the weight loss and skin condition, Freeman said, it had to be an ongoing process.

"This didn't happen overnight," she said.

Freeman said a healthy Saint Bernard should weigh 120 to 150 pounds. She estimated the weight of these dogs at 80 pounds.

The Saint Bernards will be available for adoption after eight days and when they receive health clearance. For information about adoption, call 435-6015. Kennel hours are from 11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. weekdays.

Freeman said Animal Control can help prevent situations like this, but most people who can't or won't take care of their pets end up abandoning them.

The animals appeared to be living alone in the home but someone was supposed to be taking care of the them. Freeman added, there still was furniture in the home and someone was supposed to be moving back in.

"We will be following up on that," she said.

n Staff writer Libby Keeling contributed to this report.

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