Sidka had been shot. In fact, shot many times. He had dozens of birdshot pellets in his rear legs and tail. Found as a stray, the three-year-old Husky-Akita mix arrived at the Duplin County Animal Shelter in North Carolina on August 10th. Sidka allowed the shelter staff to shave him and feel all of his injuries, and was sweet as could be. Just to make things worse, he tested heartworm positive.
On August 11th, Gretchen Kozen, RADAR’s liaison for the shelter, sought our help for Sidka. As an incentive for a rescue to pull Sidka, we provided an offer to assist with his heartworm treatment costs. On August 17th, Advocates for Animal Rights in Michigan agreed to take Sidka. The next day a volunteer in North Carolina drove Sidka to his Michigan rescue! Sidka was taken to the vet immediately to be evaluated. Unfortunately the vet said the birdshot will have to stay, but at least he had no infection and that the wounds had all pretty much scabbed over.
Sidka had his full vetting and neutering done on September 7th, and also began his heartworm treatment medications. “Since we’ve had him, he is warming up to people,” the rescue told us. “He knows commands like sit and shake. He loves his belly rubs!” Click here to view more photos of Sidka.
RADAR paid all of Sidka’s initial vetting, neutering and heartworm treatment medication costs, which totaled $235.
UPDATE! All funds for Sidka have been raised! Thank you!
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UPDATE! Sidka has been adopted!
Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Sidka:
Helping Hands for Hearts Fund ($100); Sherry Hutchison; Liam Paskvan; Jackie West; Jennifer & Doug Gibson; Marsha Garrett; Ken Siegert & Rick Thompson
Added on October 19, 2016.