When you learn about this dog’s sad story, you cannot help but have pity for Patty. Three years old and a Bassett Hound, Patty was surrendered to the Darlington County Humane Society shelter in South Carolina in mid-September. As it turns out, Patty had recently given birth to 10 pups, but they all died. The owners must have wanted a breeding dog, so they dumped Patty at the shelter. Poor Patty, not only lost her pups, but now her home. And it didn’t help that she tested heartworm positive.
Patty was not getting along with her kennel mates (and who could blame her after just losing her 10 pups). With the shelter overflowing, on September 19th Patty was given just two days to get out of the shelter or be euthanized. Just in time, a temporary foster home was found for Patty. She was safely out of the shelter on September 21st, and got some much-needed TLC. To view more photos of Patty, click here.
Two days later, on September 23rd, Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue in New Jersey agreed to take Patty if her heartworm treatment costs could be covered. Susan Blakeney, RADAR’s liaison with the Darlington County Humane Society volunteers, contacted us. We put out an urgent plea, and one of our faithful donors, Diana Berkstresser, donated the needed funds.
On October 9th, Patty went for her heartworm treatment. The vet was concerned about her condition, so x-rays were taken, which revealed an enlarged heart. This greatly complicated the heartworm treatment protocol. It was clear to the vet that Patty would certainly die without heartworm treatment, but also might die from the treatment. The decision was made to proceed with the treatment, but with two injections a month apart. She received her first treatment on October 10th.
RADAR paid $185 for Patty’s heartworm treatment costs.
UPDATE Patty was having trouble since her first heartworm treatment. She had been back to the vet several times. She was hospitalized at the vet starting on October 24th, and put on supportive therapy. On October 30th she began coughing up blood and her temperature started dropping. The vet offered to continue trying to treat her; however, the vet indicated that Patty was suffering and didn’t think her situation would improve. After consulting with Patty’s foster mom Kathryn early on October 31st, and with her agreement, the Darlington rescue coordinator asked the vet to put Patty to sleep. She crossed the Rainbow Bridge on October 31st, 2013. Kathryn took Patty home to bury her at what had turned out to be, as brief as it was, her forever home. Rest in peace, Patty.
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Added on November 2, 2013.