TAVARES – When Henrietta arrived to Lake County Animal Services already going into labor last week, staff members leapt into action to save the beagle/walker hound mix and her unborn puppies.
The “waggle” mama was emaciated, anemic and in labor when a resident in Umatilla heard her distressed cries. Animal Services officers located her and rushed her into the shelter where veterinarian Dr. Julie-Anne Corda assessed her condition.
Due to her weakened state, Henrietta was unable to birth all of her puppies naturally, so Dr. Corda and Animal Services staff members quickly performed an emergency C-section, in-between an already full surgery schedule, to save Henrietta’s life. Because of Henrietta’s condition, she also couldn’t nurse the pups. Animal Services volunteer and photographer Whitney Luckhart stepped in to foster and care for the new family through the night.
Dr. Corda quickly reached out to South Lake Animal League (SLAL), which has had many successes with orphaned puppies, to stand vigil. SLAL volunteer Joanna Block has since taken over care for the five newborn puppies, while Luckhart, having fallen in love with Henrietta, will continue fostering the mama.
“Kudos to our staff at Lake County Animal Services for going the extra mile to save this mom and her puppies, and for working with one of our animal rescue partners to step in to take care of this new family,” said Brian Sheahan, Director of Lake County’s Community Safety and Compliance Department. “These are some of the challenges our staff face daily, and I am so proud of their work in saving the lives of animals.”
To find out more about Lake County Animal Services, or to donate funds to help with operations at the shelter, log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov/adopt, visit the shelter at 28123 County Road 561, Tavares, or call 352-343-9688. For more information on SLAL, visit http://slal.org.