Leech Lake Legacy believes that by working together and collaborating with a larger network of animal welfare organizations, we will be able to do more for reservation animals and pet owners (www.leechlakelegacy.org)
*Leech Lake Legacy is a 501(c)3 tax exempt non-profit organization
Envisioning a world where every reservation dog and cat is well cared for
Sunday, January 5, 2014
A community comes together to give Lou a second chance
Lou at Animal Care Clinic
On January 2, 2014 Rory (Leech Lake CSO) picked up a dog with a severe case mange. He immediately brought the dog (we named him Lou) to our partner Animal Care Clinic in Bemidji. Karen Good of Red Lake Rosie's Rescue has taken many of our pups and treated them for mange ... we are once again extremely grateful for Karen helping us with dogs who come in with mange. In this case, Lou was one who touched the hearts of many, and was obviously in pain.
We received the following note from Karen this morning:
"This story is one of those heartbreaking ones, when you
wonder firstly, how this animal survived so far this winter in his condition. To imagine the suffering Lou went through is
not comprehensible to me.
Lou has been starved for months. His backbone protrudes and each rib can be
counted. He has no coat, as he is
generally covered with demodex mange and bleeding infected sores pretty much
all over his frail body. The only thing
large on this boy is his head. In his eyes
you see sadness, misery, and pain as he
seems to look down when you approach him.
But there is a glimmer in his eye now.
Lou was found on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation last
week. He went to the Animal Care Clinic
in Bemidji and Saturday was transferred to the Red Lake Rosie’s Shelter where
he is kept in the heated cathouse. Lou
is being fed small meals at regular intervals and is on ivermectin,
antibiotics, and vitamins. Lou loves his
and is so happy when he gets a bowl.
The rest of the day Lou rests peacefully and seems to know
that he will be cared for now. Hopefully
the memory of the months of freezing bitter cold and the gnawing pain of hunger
will pass and he will have a speedy recovery and a home where he will be loved
and never have to suffer again.
Lou reluctantly goes outdoors to do his business and has not
had an accident in the cathouse yet. Lou
is indifferent to the other dogs at the shelter and mainly just wants to toilet
and hurry back in to the warm comforts of his favorite easy chair.
We are so thankful that the Leech Lake companion animals
have the Leech Lake Legacy program without which Lou would not have this second
chance. A big thank you to Rory for
finding Lou, to Jenny and Marilou for getting him help at the Animal Care
Clinic and transferring him to our care at Red Lake Rosie’s. Thank you to all the supporters of our
cooperative rescues. We are expecting
Lou to have a full recovery and live the life he was meant to live.
We are hopeful that one of the rescues will consider taking
Lou in the future to find him a forever home. I have discovered that there is
no better feeling than to feed a hungry animal.
Update from tonight:
We learned that Minnesota Pitbull Rescue will be taking Lou
into their program and that Dr. Vickie of Act V Rescue will be providing
medical care and a special feeding program for starved animals.
This has truly been another collaborative effort of so many
organizations (Leech Lake Tribal Police, Animal Care Clinic, Leech Lake Legacy,
Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue, MN Pitbull Rescue, Act V Rescue) coming together to
help Lou … chi miigwech to all for giving Lou the second chance he so deserves!