October 2, 2008

PET GAZETTE: Helping 'Honey' and other abandoned pets

Originally published on WickedLocal.com

By Paul Gately

Marcy Yarborough of Bourne adopted Honey after police found the dog abandoned.

Marcy Yarborough of Bourne adopted Honey after police found the dog abandoned.
Photo by Dave Colantuono.

REGIONAL - Pets abandoned by Cape Codders and visitors in late summer when the vacation scene winds down, or in the early fall, can cost towns a chunk of change if the animals are scooped and rehabilitated.

One town is trying to do something about such costs. The Bourne Department of Natural Resources has set up an Animal Rescue Fund, and in one month townspeople and visitors to town hall have donated nearly $2,000.

The story started in August when a beagle was abandoned in North Sagamore near Great Sagamore Marsh. A police officer discovered the dog in extremely bad shape and hungry, and took her to the Main Street station where the Department of Natural Resources took over.

A Sandwich veterinarian stepped in, saved the dog and provided further care at her own cost after a 10-day quarantine period.

"Honey's" picture was placed in local newspapers, and Marcy Yarborough of Bourne village, a dog lover, stepped in and adopted the dog, which had numerous problems, including heartworm and a giant hernia.

"I have another dog, a cockapoo, and I wanted to have a companion," Yarborough said. "It took awhile, but they get along fine now. Honey's a very sweet dog. But there are still needs."

Honey, about 8, is doing well. She will have a hernia operation in December. Until then, her lungs are still healing from the heartworm treatment. She is also on exercise restriction; so she is carted around in a doggie stroller.

The DNR fund is helping with treatment costs. Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth is supplying treatment; and costs are also covered in part by its own charity fund.

Both funds need donations. Honey, for instance, badly needs a surgical Teflon mesh to help keep her intestines in place before surgery.

Bourne Natural Resources Officer Sharon Hamilton said dogs and cats in distress do not represent isolated instances. Pets all too often are left to cope on their own and end up in the wild.

After the DNR had successfully handed Honey off to the pet-care system "and a loving home," an abandoned springer spaniel was recovered in Bournedale north of the canal. It was not claimed and was taken to the MSPCA in Centerville.

Domesticated animals left in both Bournedale and North Sagamore face dual-and-elevated threats of coyotes and rabid animals along with the usual challenges of finding food and shelter of some sort to survive.

How to help:

Animal Rescue Fund, donations can be made payable to the Town of Bourne DNR Office at 24 Perry Ave., Buzzards Bay, MA 02532.

Veterinary Associates in South Yarmouth, charity fund, call 508-394-3566.


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