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Monday, February 4, 2013

Newt and Nida

Newt getting prepped for surgery
It was a crazy weekend for Leech Lake Legacy involving transports on both Saturday and Sunday. Yesterday, an emergency transport took place to bring down Newt and Nida, two young pups with serious injuries from porcupine quills. We are extremely grateful to our partner the Animal Humane Society for once again responding so quickly to medical emergency cases. Newt and Nida arrived at the Golden Valley AHS at around 3 pm yesterday. They were immediately taken into surgery to have the quills removed.

It is with a very heavy heart we share with you that the injuries Newt sustained from the quills were too severe. The vets spent several hours in surgery with both Newt and Nida removing the quills. Newt's injuries were too severe and he passed away during surgery from cardiac arrest. Rest in peace sweet boy. Our only comfort is in knowing that you were surrounded by lots of love and you are no longer suffering or in pain. When we look up into the night skies tonight, we know that you will be the brightest star up in the skies.

Newt's sister Nida appears to be recovering well this morning. They did remove some quills from her chest. We ask for your continued positive thoughts and prayers for Nida. Not long ago, we brought Caster and Cotton down from Leech Lake Reservation .. also with severe quills. We lost Caster a couple days later when the quills migrated internally to his heart, liver and kidneys. His sister Cotton, however, survived and has since been adopted and being pampered in a very loving home. We pray that Nida will not have any further complications, but know she is not out of the woods yet.

We are extremely grateful to the staff at AHS for the incredible care you provide, and for doing all you could to save Newt ... thank you for all you did for Nida. She looks so much happier this morning :)

We will keep you updated on Nida's progress.

Nida before surgery
A much happier Nida, post surgery!
RIP sweet Newt ... you are loved and have a special place in the hearts of so many ..

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