Video – Vietnam: Taped-Mouth-Dog’s Medical Update
Video – Vietnam: Taped-Mouth-Dog Medical Update
Today I spoke with the people nursing the dog, who is now known as Lucky, and they said she is off the critical list, although still seriously ill. She is receiving IV fluids, plus antibiotics and is on strong pain medication. Today she took some food through a syringe, which is a good step but she may still be in grave danger.
Veterinarian Dr. Nghia is waiting on blood results to clarify if Lucky’s facial bones are infected, which may have serious consequences. Meanwhile, everything possible is being done at A.R.C. for Lucky to have her best chance of recovery.
The information below is based upon the experience of Julie Underwood, who was part of the initial rescue team [I have rewritten and condensed the original wording.]
In what can only be described as horrific, the Vietnamese dog who appears to have escaped from a local dog butcher was spotted buy a photographer in Bến Tre, as she ran loose in farmland, with her mouth taped tightly shut. She was already starving and excessively dehydrated because the tape was so tight she could not take anything into her mouth. Nor could she pant or cry out in pain. This dog was slowly dying.
Unable to catch the dog himself, the photographer alerted animal rescuers who kicked into action and at 5am the following morning, a group of local Vietnamese animal lovers drove 2.5 hours and went to work searching for the stricken dog. After searching for several hours with no sightings at all, the group were forced to leave empty handed. Right before leaving the group decided to go door to door in the neighborhood, leaving their phone number for residents to call if they saw the dog. It was a long 2.5 hour drive home, knowing the dog was still out there.
At 7pm that evening they received a phone call that a local resident saw the dog and chased it but the terrified dog ran into the mud. Using torches, a few of the volunteers who had stayed in the area captured the dog within an hour. A new rescue team assembled to prepare for the 2.5 hour drive back to the dog’s location, to bring the dog back for immediate veterinary attention.
At 10pm a volunteer from a rescue group and a local veterinarian drove to in Bến Tre, where the dog was now contained. It was 5am before the dog arrived at the Saigon Pet Clinic for treatment to begin from Dr. Nghia.
By 8am the tape had been removed from the dog’s mouth, but she was extremely weak and by now, asleep. The clinic issued a request that the dog receive no visitors at this time as she is far too unwell to cope with any more added stress.
SayNoToDogMeat.Net send a big thank you to each of the rescue team members from Gia Đình của Bé and the vets at Saigon Pet Clinic who worked on this poor dog. Lucky is now under the care of A.R.C. Vietnam who are doing all they can to keep her pain free as they nurse her through this terrible time. She is surrounded by love and constant care.
When commenting, please remember that Vietnamese animal lovers searched and found this dog, which is proof once again of the dedication to animal welfare by a growing number of Vietnamese people. Lucky is now surrounded by love and a dedicated team of volunteers and vet staff. We will continue to bring you updates as she progresses.
To view Lucky’s first photographs before being captured, and then the progression from capture to safety, to medical treatment: One Dog Meat Dog’s Own Hell – 24 Photographs
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