Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Animal Laws-Effective October 1, 2009

The 2009 Nevada State Legislature passed important animal related laws which take effect October 1, 2009.

SB132: Limits the amount of time a dog can be tethered or chained to a total of 14 hours out of a 24 hour day and determines how it can be tethered; requires that ties and chains must be at least 12 feet.

AB199: Makes it unlawful to own a fighting dog.

AB15: Requires signage in a veterinarian’s office when a locality requires spaying/neutering; requires localities to post at parks signage if the locality legislates spaying and neuter; requires pet stores to provide the name and address of the breeder and to post local regulations regarding spay and neuter; requires that puppies and kittens be 8 weeks old before they can be sold or transferred.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Franky the Pug from Elko, NV...

Is now a Vegas pug!

Meet Franky – he was flown to Vegas via a private plane of foster, Barry Lasko, a local dentist in Henderson, on Friday, 9/11. He was stray in a kill shelter in Elko, NV. The shelter was very cooperative and drove Franky to the airport and even brought Barry some sandwiches from the local restaurant! Barry generously paid for the fuel for his plane to fly up and spring Franky and asked that any donations we received be put towards Pug-O-Rama and medical bills.

He is skinny and our vet believe he has had some kind of trauma on his left side, was attacked, abused or hit by a car, and it was left untreated, whatever it was. He can’t see out of his left eye but it is normal looking, and his lip on the left side – the top one has what looks like a bite mark in it and his lower lip hangs really low. He was taken to our vet for his shots, a neuter and a lip tuck! There is one picture of the “before” of his lip and a few of the “after”.

Our vet believes he is about 6-7 years old. His left leg also has a limp/​drag/​wobble to it, but he gets around alright- this is also being contributed to whatever he went thru in his past. His vision in his right eye seems to be a little compromised, but he seems to hear fine. He also has ear infections in both his ears and is being treated by ear meds. He seems to be a happy and loving pug – lavishing in any attention he gets. Is there someone who can accept this special pug as the special little guy he is? He’s just looking for a loving home to spoil him like he has never known it before.

Many thanks to everyone who emailed us about this guy, to Barry for flying him to us, and to the shelter for being so concerned about this guy.

More pictures can be found on our webpage: www.​rescuepugs.​com

ALSO-IF YOU ARE ON FACEBOOK, don't forget to join the Southern Nevada Pug Rescue group-it's a great place to keep in touch. We are also on twitter @​SNPR_​PugRescue

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Update on SNPR Alumni, Mr. Bigglesworth

Mr. Bigglesworth was adopted June 5th. He now has his 3 sisters to play with, Sadie, Trixie, and Coco. He and Coco play all day long, and he is a much loved member of his new family.



SNPR received a call from a family who said that they had a 5 year old female who was having some "issues". We got sweet little 14 pound Sadie to the vet and found out what an understatement that was. Sadie was covered in urine, and the smell was so foul from infection. The vet immediately did a urinalysis to see what was going on. After the urinalysis, an x-ray was in order. The x-ray showed poor Sadie has a bladder stone even bigger than her actual bladder. The stone has ripped her bladder and caused major kidney damage as well. The vet said that this is the worst case of bladder stones he has ever seen.

Poor Sadie has been suffering with this stone and multiple untreated bladder infections for years! YEARS! The vet said that urinating with a bladder stone that size with infection is the same as "peeing razor blades". This poor pug has been suffering for years through this. And that is not all. During the years of suffering, this pug has also been bred repeatedly with virtually no vet care. Multiple whelpings and kidney and bladder damage has caused her to have nerve damage in her back legs that also causes some major problems for this sweet baby.

Sadie made it out of her extensive surgeries and is quickly realizing how nice it is not to be in so much pain. Our vet said Sadie has a bit of a tough road ahead during her recovery but he feels she has made a huge step in the right direction. Because Sadie has lived with a bladder stone that was larger than her actual bladder, she really does not have a whole lot of control over her urination right now. The bladder and her muscles are not in synch with each other so she will have to learn how to regain her strength. Her back legs are in better shape and the vet thinks she will have better use of them now that she is not in so much pain. All in all, the surgery was a success! And the absolute best news is that the vet said Sadie's spirit made 100% turn around and she is even giving puggy kisses to everyone! We will keep you updated on her progress over the next few days.

If you are interested in adopting Sadie, she will need someone committed to providing her a prescribed diet and distilled/purified water. This will reduce the chance of her having stones come back. She will also need an x-ray at least 1 time a year or even every 6 months to spot any problems before they get out of hand. This is not a lot to ask for a little girl who has suffered so much.

After only a week in her foster home, Sadie is happy, spunky, and full of energy. Her foster mom says she is a great dog, with lots of love to give. Even after all she has been through, her spirit shines brightly. We are so glad this little girl is on her way to a better life.