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#1 Old 02-04-2009, 04:20 PM
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Dont know if I can post this or not but this story made me cry. I got an email from the place we adopted our laney from. If anyone could help this poor dog deserves it.

If im not allowed to post such things please delete it.

This is the story.

Help Hudson!!!!

Hudson is a precious soul who needs immediate help.

Hudson, a 4-6 year old Rottweiler, was hit by a car on Saturday afternoon near Orangeburg, SC. A couple on their way home to Mooresville, NC witnessed the incident and stopped to help. The woman who hit him stopped also but could not go near him because she is deathly afraid of dogs. She offered her jacket to help keep him warm.

Since Hudson is a big boy at 98 pounds, they were only able to drag him to the side of the road. They covered him up with their dogs bed to keep him warm, placed a trash can by him for protection from other cars, fed him some meat, and headed off to find help. They were shocked they could not find a local humane society, and the local police said they would call the county.

Not satisfied with that, the couple scoured the internet for local rescues as soon as they got home. They left CARE an urgent voicemail at 10:30PM. The voicemail was not received until 11:30PM, 6 hours after Hudson had been hit. Was he still alive? Was he still suffering? Several volunteers were called in hopes that someone was still awake and able to help. Three CARE volunteers were able to make the trip to Orangeburg. Each packed supplies and headed out from their respective homes in Winnsboro, Columbia, and Swansea.

The first person to arrive at Hudsons aid barely made it. Her car battery died just as she reached Hudson, and she coasted the rest of the way to him. When she got out of the car, Hudson lifted his head to meet her gaze. She placed blankets on and around him for warmth. After almost 7 hours alone and in pain, Hudson was grateful to have someone there with him. He nudged at her to pet him and wiggled over to put his head in her lap. When she tried to get back in her car to warm up, Hudson howled and cried so pitifully that she could not leave him. She sat with Hudson for at least an hour on the side of the cold, dark country road. The other volunteers stayed in touch with her on cell phones for safety and company.

When the other 2 volunteers arrived, the hard work began. It was not going to be easy for 3 women to get a badly injured 98 pound Rottie into a van. Not wanting to muzzle him because his mouth was injured, they could only hope he was unable or unwilling to bite them. Hudson showed great restraint. He snapped the air as they tried to move him â?? his canine way of communicating Be careful! That hurts! He never tried to bite them, though, and he even tried to wiggle himself onto the blanket they were using to lift him into the van. Hudson knew they were there to rescue him!

Once he was in the van, even though one eye was swollen shut, he opened his eyes as wide as he could and studied each of their faces. It was clear that he did not want to forget the people who came to save him and in his own way was saying thank you. They will never forget the night they spent with him.

February 3 5:12pm


Hudson Cont..

Hudson was taken to a local ER early Sunday morning for diagnostics, pain management and overnight care. He has a complex fracture on his right, front leg. He has significant atrophy in his rear leg muscles due to hip dysplasia, common in his breed and large dogs. His hips were in bad shape before the accident, and now he is refusing to get up. Who could blame him with all he has been through?

Hudson is heartworm negative, neutered, has an ear infection, but is otherwise in good health. On Monday morning he was transported to our regular vet who ran blood work and referred him to an orthopedic specialist. Tuesday morning, Hudson was taken into surgery for two 13-hole bone plates, screws, bolts, and a splint to repair his front leg. The surgery went well, and the leg is now stable.

The tricky part will be his after care. He will need two people to sling walk him for potty breaks and to keep him clean. Bedsores will develop without proper care and hygiene. He will require physical therapy and support for the next several months. Howlmore Animal Sanctuary has partnered with CARE to help with Hudsons recovery. They have a facility set up for the kind of care Hudson needs. CARE volunteers will travel to Howlmore several times a week to help with his PT and to handle his bandage changes to keep costs down. After recovery, Hudson will be come back to CARE for fostering and eventual adoption.

We plan to boost him with high doses of vitamin E and joint supplements, along with pain medications, antibiotics and high quality food. If we can raise additional money for acupuncture and hydrotherapy, even better! We have committed to cases like Hudson in the past and know the success and rewards can be great. We have high hopes for Hudson. Watching him stretch himself on the blanket during his rescue, we could just imagine him stretched out that way in front a fireplace in his very own home.

We would like to thank everyone who has helped CARE and Hudson along the way!



Howlmore Animal Sanctuary

Noahs Arks Rescue

Veterinarians & Costs:

SC Veterinary Emergency Care - Dr. Auwarter - $881.00

Pet Vac Animal Hospital - Dr. Adcock - $120.00

SC Veterinary Specialists - Drs. Kunkle & Basinger â?? estimated at least $4,000.00

The couple who found Hudson are donating what they can. CARE is contributing funds as well. Please join us in Hudsons fight and make a donation today!

February 3 5:11pm


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