Here's the alarming part: He made his break from the vet’s office on the same day he started his heartworm treatments.
That makes it imperative that this dog be recaptured as quickly as possible. As you know, heartworm treatment requires that a dog be still and quiet and not move around – to fail to meet these demands could mean instant death for the dog. That’s how dire this is.
We get the story of “Sam,” who hasn’t been Sam long enough to know his name, from one of his rescuers, Debbie Schwartz.
On Monday, she reports, “My friends and I were finally able to catch the medium-sized, black Chow mix, who had been wandering the streets of Bluffview Estates in Dallas for over a month.
“We immediately took him to the vet. He was neutered in the morning, shaved because he was infested with fleas and possibly ticks, and given a flea bath.
“About midday, I was told that he was HW positive and, at the vet's recommendation, authorized HW treatment be commenced.
“ After undergoing surgery and receiving his first HW treatment yesterday, the dog escaped from the vet's office (without any identification) and crossed Northwest Highway, just east of Marsh Lane on the street immediately behind Target, heading north. He was last seen by the vet's staff this morning between about 7:45 and 9 a.m. near Midway Road and Walnut Hill Lane in Dallas. Unfortunately, the dog managed to disappear and avoid capture.
“The dog is very adept at not getting caught. He is extremely afraid of people but is very sweet and gentle nonetheless. During the entire month he roamed my neighborhood, he never showed any signs of aggression. “Moreover, when we finally succeeded in catching him, he never growled, showed his teeth, or attempted to bite us, though he was desperately trying to get free. So, clearly, he has no aggression issues.
“The dog will run if he is chased or called after. The best way to get is attention is by crouching down and luring him in with food or treats. (Incidentally, my neighborhood was so taken with this sweet dog that countless neighbors were leaving food and water out for him during his month on the streets)
“As you can imagine, all of us involved in this poor dog's rescue are heartbroken and extremely concerned about his welfare, especially because he escaped from the vet's office almost immediately after being neutered and receiving his first HW treatment.”
If you know the dog’s whereabouts, immediately call 214-693-4418 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The vet’s office is putting up signs in the neighborhood and staffers are also on the lookout.
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