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Love for Lucy - Local Burn Victim Needs Medical Care and a New Home

Lucy needs our help. She just couldn't save her pups. Local burn victim needs medical care and a new home.

We don't make it a habit of asking for help from the community and fellow animal lovers.  Our organization works rather silently in regard to the pets we help, perhaps to our detriment.  People say we should be more vocal about what we do, we agree, and it has become our new year's resolution to do so.  OK, just as soon as we finish helping dogs like Lucy.

But perhaps this blog is more about the need to journal, from a psychological standpoint, you know, it is supposed to make one feel better about a sad situation when they write.  OK, is it working yet?  Hummm...  But the reality is, this is a difficult blog to deliver yet I feel the need to do so for two reasons, 

1. to send a message about responsible dog ownership and,

2. simply because funds are so badly needed to help Lucy with her medical care.

She is a dog that Outreach to Pets In Need (OPIN, Inc) was asked to take into its rescue and help.  And although we knew it would be costly, we took her into our care this past Saturday, Jan. 26th. OPIN has supported the Stamford Animal Shelter and the Stamford and surrounding communities since 2007.  There have been many sad cases like Lucy's, but this one, is one we will never forget.   

Let's call January 26, 2013 Lucy's birth date.  It is the day we took her into our care, the day she arrived at the emergency vet in Norwalk, CT, suffering burns on the majority of her body.  But is also the first day of her new life, free of backyard breeding, free to be a loving pet to someone someday.  She was given her new birth name, Lucy, and is now a much loved dog, which will never be left out in the cold elements again.  

Lucy is a four-year-old bull terrier that recently had two small puppies.  Lucy was forced to sleep outdoors in a makeshift doghouse in her owner’s yard, covered with a tarp and space heater.  The tarp caught fire and her puppies were sadly killed.  It is thought that Lucy was trying to protect her puppies and that is why she did not run away. The kind-hearted veterinarians of VCA Norwalk, CT were able to save Lucy. She is very badly burned, but is expected to make a full recovery. We are establishing a fund for Lucy's treatment. Please help, if you can. Every dollar counts.

Lucy will need a home upon her release. She is a sweet, loving dog. If you are interested in adopting Lucy, please complete an application on our website: www.opinpets.org  Questions may be directed to outreach@opinpets.org or call, Ali at:  (203)326-0216.

Responsible Dog Ownership

It is winter.  Dogs should not be outside any longer than we would. Frostbite and hypothermia are deadly conditions. Do not adopt, buy or give a home to a pet unless you have permission from your landlord or it is in your lease. Please call Animal Control or the Police if you see animals outdoors for long periods of time or any other alarming condition. We are their voice. Please tell friends, neighbors, and contacts to spay or neuter their pets. OPIN offers low cost and no cost "SNIPS" in Stamford- thousands of programs exist in the United States. Please help us prevent this horrible event from happening somewhere else.

Donations

Please make checks payable to OPIN. Memo: Lucy and mail to: P.O. BOX 488, Riverside, CT, 06878.  Or, donate online at:  http://opinpets.org/help-lucy/

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Leslie Yager January 29, 2013 at 05:39 PM
OPIN is right, dogs belong inside. I saw this story on Ch. 12 Sunday nite. I hope Lucy makes a good recovery, poor girl. So sad her puppies perished in the fire. A tarp and a space heater no substitute for a warm home.
Jlo January 29, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Poor dog, sounds like they should spay and neuter the ex owners. Those idiots should face felony animal cruelty charges for this.
OPIN Outreach to Pets in Need January 29, 2013 at 06:31 PM
It's a good lesson in both fire safety and animal care. Lessons to be learned here, certainly up to the authorities to handle any animal cruelty charges. Our concern for Lucy is her healing. The good news is, she started to eat yesterday, a little, but still, she's eating so we are happy.
Mark Schultz January 29, 2013 at 06:47 PM
is it even legal to put a dog in a dog house when it's below freezing?
Jaimie Cura (Editor) January 29, 2013 at 08:17 PM
Jenny, that's good to hear, that Lucy started eating. She's in my thoughts.
OPIN Outreach to Pets in Need January 29, 2013 at 09:03 PM
No Mark, I don't think it is legal but, Animal Control would certainly know the call on that. It was makeshift from what I understand and might have been more of a crate with the tarp thrown over - even worse.
Margaret Callahan January 30, 2013 at 12:05 AM
HOw much are the vet bills for Lucy? How much do you need donated?
Tina Aronson January 30, 2013 at 12:45 AM
Thank you for rescuing Lucy, you guys are wonderful. She's in good hands. Whoever gets her will have a forever grateful dog... and she's a Pit, can't beat that:)
OPIN Outreach to Pets in Need January 30, 2013 at 01:04 AM
Hi Margaret, We are grateful for any amount of donation, every penny counts. The original estimate was $1,500 which sounded too good to be true. Well it was. Costs are going to be over $4,000, at last estimate, for the immediate care. We don't know how much beyond that or, what the extended follow up care will cost. Lucy's burns were on 20% of her body, and we were told, with burns, it then spreads. It is now covering 40% and I think she has stabilized. She is walking around a bit now. We are so happy with her progress.
Jlo January 30, 2013 at 01:11 AM
Well all the best to Lucy, I hope she makes a speedy recovery and finds a good home, I'll make a donation to help with that. You will all be happy to know that the missing link who put her in this situation has been charged with multiple counts of cruelty to animals and hit with charges for failing to vaccinate her and the other dogs.
Susan January 30, 2013 at 05:44 PM
May the doggie angels be with Lucy during this difficult time. May Lucy have a speedy recovery.
OPIN Outreach to Pets in Need January 30, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Thank you Susan. Lucy means "bringer of light". She is a light for all of us. Lucy is walking around a bit now and eating and even touching noses with another furry patient at the hospital. She'll get better with all the kind thoughts going her way.
Bully Breed Rescue January 31, 2013 at 12:25 AM
Thinking positive and healing thoughts for Lucy!
Leslie Yager January 31, 2013 at 01:59 AM
Jenny, please keep us Patchers up to date on Lucy's progress. I'll send some $ to the fund! kisses to Lucy.
Anya Kaushik February 08, 2013 at 06:06 PM
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kalis-Fund/382243365204757?fref=ts Please check this page out! This team have been helping a dog which has suffered a very similar fate only recently. If the link doesn't work, search for Kali's fund on google and Facebook!! I hope this helps. Anya

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