Help needed to care for sick puppies 

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The Humane Society for Hamilton County (HSHC) is asking for the public’s help as the facility cares for 19 puppies recently rescued in Indianapolis.

The puppies were discovered Monday through an Indianapolis Animal Care and Control (IACC) investigation that was initiated by a neglect complaint. Officers discovered a total of 21 puppies that were suffering from or had been exposed to the Parvovirus. The owner surrendered all 21 puppies to be medically treated or euthanized.

Two of the puppies quickly died, however the remaining 19 were in need of medical care. IACC officials realized the Parvovirus exposure could endanger other animals at their facility and quickly reached out to other animal shelters for assistance.

Hamilton County responded.

“Like the Indianapolis Humane Society and other rescues that were contacted, we cannot risk exposing the shelter’s animals to the Parvovirus either,” said Rebecca Stevens, Executive Director of the Humane Society for Hamilton County. “So we contacted Noah’s Central Emergency location who agreed to house the 13 puppies we rescued and has offered to board them at no charge until we can find experienced foster homes to help.”

HSHC is urgently seeking foster homes that have experience with treating seriously ill puppies or dogs. The shelter is also asking for donations to cover the medical expenses for the puppies.

“It’s very expensive to save the life of a puppy with Parvo, but we felt it was important to give these babies a chance,” said Stevens. “We always help IACC whenever possible and typically pull those dogs who are seriously ill or injured—the ones most other rescues/shelters aren’t willing, or able, to take.”

Donations can be made and foster home information can be obtained via the HSHC website.


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