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ASPCA assists with pet rescue

Friday, May 7, 2010

The ASPCA's Joel Lopez of New York City and Tiptonville Animal Control Officer Chandra Davis wash a rooster outside the Dyersburg-Dyer County Humane Society, where the ASPCA established a temporary shelter and decontamination station for animals rescued from the flood.
An ASPCA response team helped rescue more than 70 dogs, cats, roosters, chickens and exotic birds from Dyersburg's flooded areas this week.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals arrived Tuesday afternoon with cages, bowls, food, industrial fans, tents and more. Staff members established a temporary shelter behind the Dyersburg-Dyer County Humane Society Animal Shelter and set up a decontamination area to disinfect animals that had been in the flood.

A black and white dog is excited about the prospect of a little petting as Cheryl Turner and her grandchildren approach in the Dyersburg-Dyer County Humane Society Animal Shelter. Natalie Ward, 7; Nathen Ward, 9; and Edie Kate Ward, 4, offered treats to the dogs on Thursday. The shelter is overflowing with animals, many of which were rescued from the flood this week.
Humane Society President Carol Feather asked the ASPCA for help. The animal shelter on East Court Street typically remains at or near capacity. So, when the floodwaters began to rise Monday and families were evacuated from Southtown, there wasn't much room for newly homeless pets.

Shelter Manager Derrick Avery said some people went to work as usual Monday morning and later found out they couldn't go home. Their pets remained at home as the floodwaters approached.

The humane society's two animal control officers worked with emergency personnel to find and rescue pets. They were later joined by Tiptonville Animal Control Officer Chandra Davis, who is on loan this week from the Tiptonville Police Department, and the ASPCA.

Many dogs were rescued from outdoor pens, front stoops and inside homes. One dog was found in a cage that was floating in the floodwater, Avery said. Another dog was found on a Williams Street rooftop Tuesday night.

Cats were found inside homes, in barns and inside garages.

Edie Kate Ward, 4, of Dyersburg, offers a treat to a dog in the Dyersburg-Dyer County Humane Society's Animal Shelter. Edie and her siblings, 7-year-old Natalie Ward and 9-year-old Nathen Ward, joined their grandmother, Cheryl Turner of Newbern, on a trip to the shelter Thursday.
Two cockatiels were taken from one home and two parrots were taken from another house. Three roosters and three chickens were found about 18 feet up in trees on Bean Mill Road and a pet duck was recovered on Circle Drive.

Avery said pet owners have called the shelter and asked that someone rescue the pets they'd left behind.

Several evacuees also brought their pets to the shelter because they couldn't take their pets to the American Red Cross shelter, or wherever they planned to go.

Animals plucked from the floodwaters go through a decontamination process consisting of repeated washings with Dawn liquid dish detergent. Allison Cardona, ASPCE director of operations for field investigations and response, said the floodwater may be contaminated with sewage, gasoline or other harmful substances. Dogs and cats, which groom themselves by licking their fur, could become ill if they lick themselves after being in the flood.

Kyle Held, Midwest director of the ASPCA field investigations and response, said contaminated waters may also cause a bird's feathers to stick together. If the birds can't preen or adjust their feathers, they can't regulate their body heat, he said.

Tiptonville Animal Control Officer Chandra Davis confers with Allison Cardona and Kyle Held of the ASPCA before they resume pet rescue efforts. All three are working with the Dyersburg-Dyer County Humane Society to collect, decontaminate and care for animals caught in this week's flood.
All of the incoming animals are given a physical exam and, if veterinary records cannot be located, the animals are being vaccinated as a precaution.

Avery said about half of the pets have been claimed by their owners - and many of those pets will remain at the shelter until the owners return to their homes. The humane society does not plan to charge owners for boarding or vaccinations.

The reunions of pets and their owners have been touching for Avery and other animal shelter workers.

On Wednesday, for example, a gentleman went to the animal shelter with a photograph of his dog. The shelter staff recognized the dog, which had been found injured in a ditch and was at a local veterinarian clinic. "He was lost without his dog," Avery said.

A woman, who was worried about her cats, began to cry when rescuers found three of her four feline friends in a carport. Avery admitted that he had to walk away, or he would have started crying too.

Shelter employees also have been impressed with number of volunteers who've reported to the shelter. Avery said more than 20 volunteers came Thursday morning to exercise the dogs.

Chandra Davis said organizations have also been generous. Hollywood Feed provided cages and The Pet Stop opened its doors to adoptable pets to make room for rescued pets at the shelter. The Pet Stop also is holding the cockatiels.

Pet Smart Charities donated about a thousand pounds of dog food, six collapsible crates, treats and bowls to the shelter, she said

Avery thanked Homoz Salemi, who offered to house the roosters, chickens and duck; the Tiptonville Police Department; the ASPCA; McDonald's restaurant, which provided food for the rescuers; former shelter workers Roger Ferris and his son, Larry Scruggs, Grady Whitt and a man known simply as Willie.

"It was a humbling experience to say the least, but I was also proud of the fact that everyone came together to do what was needed," Avery said.

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This is great! So glad to see that people are helping out. God Bless You All!

-- Posted by Dude2010 on Fri, May 7, 2010, at 12:35 PM

Thank you to everyone who has helped rescue and take care of the pets !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by TnWanderer on Fri, May 7, 2010, at 3:54 PM

This Is GREAT and a HUGE ...THANK YOU to the pet related Business that have opened up there Stock rooms And Wallets to those in need...Be sure to remember this everyone when your Pet has a need and not just go to Wal-Mart these stores (Pet Stop and Hollywood Feed)were here when we NEEDED them.

-- Posted by RandomX on Fri, May 7, 2010, at 6:34 PM

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