It’s the story of Thelma and Louise! No, not the movie, but two German Shepherd mixes at the Lee County Animal Shelter in South Carolina. Louise is about three to four years old and the mother of Thelma. A concerned citizen brought both stray dogs to the shelter on February 18th because both Thelma and Louise were very pregnant! On top of that, Louise was heartworm positive and had a leg injury from being struck at close range by a shotgun blast which left her paw and wrist full of buckshot.
On February 21st, Brandi Sowell, RADAR’s liaison with the Lee County Animal Shelter, urgently sought our help for Louise. As an incentive for a rescue to take Louise, we provided an offer to assist with her heartworm treatment costs. On February 25th, Brandi shared the incredible news with us that To Love A Canine Rescue in Pennsylvania agreed to take both Thelma and Louise! They were transported to the rescue the very next day. During the transport, Louise gave birth to nine pups! All of her pups were adopted the first week that they were available! After taking care of her pups, Louise was finally able to begin her heartworm treatment on June 17th.
Shortly arriving at her foster home, Louise’s foster mom Gina shared this with us: “I gave Louise a frozen pretzel nugget, and she proceeded to bury it in a blanket on the couch, and then when I gave it back to her she buried it under her bed in her crate. Now she is just going around trying to dig places, I suspect to see what other hiding spots are available! I think Louise might have me on the path to reading more and other non-television activities as she does not like the TV on. Even on mute she does not want those people on the screen to be in our house!” More recently, we were told that Louise “enjoys just laying around surveying her world either from the open front door, the lawn, or even the car. This girl does not do things before she wants to. She is very sweet though.” To view more photos of Louise, click here.
RADAR paid all of costs for Louise’s first heartworm treatment, which totaled $341.
UPDATE! All funds for Louise have been raised! Thank you!
UPDATE Louise had her leg amputated in early November, and it now ready for adoption!
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UPDATE Louise has been adopted!
Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Louise:
Helping Hands for Hearts Fund; Pamela Garnick; Amanda Shannon; Tina Muncy; Michael Tasker; Gail O’Connor
Added on June 27, 2016.