Colorado Animal Rescue steps up for 11 pups
November 17, 2009
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Leslie Rockey still gets her hands dirty on occasion.
As she sees it, It’s part of her job as executive director of Colorado Animal Rescue.
“We do like to go and help out from time to time,” Rockey said. “It’s fun to get out and get a little dirty if we can help.”
So, on Nov. 6, when Garfield County Animal Control Officer Aimee Chappelle requested their assistance in rescuing three Plott hound pups at the Apple Tree Park near New Castle, Rockey and shelter dog trainer Tracey Yajko jumped in the truck and went to help.
According to Rockey, Chappelle brought in the mother and eight of the pups on Thursday, Nov. 5, and told Rockey that she still had three others out there but was going to return the next day to see if they had found their way into a trap.
“We got them late Thursday, and this is the first time that the pups had ever been around humans,” Rockey said. “This was the first time they have been touched by people.”
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The three remaining pups were the last of an 11-pup litter – 12 dogs including the mother, who is now called “Mama Mozzarella,” Rockey said. Chappelle declined to comment for the story and referred inquiries to Garfield County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Tanny McGinnis, who didn’t return messages seeking comment.
“We were not leaving these puppies out another night,” Rockey said.
Rockey estimated that the pups were close to four weeks old when they arrived at the shelter. But she said that they were in pretty good shape considering that the mother was starving, surviving solely on scraps and garbage.
“The mom was starving and was so thin,” Rockey said. “She was nursing all these babies.”
The CARE team got the pups and mother settled in, and the next day when Chappelle called and told Rockey that she was unable to get the other three, Rockey and Yajko responded to help out. They thought if they took the mother back to the trailer park, the pups would respond to her.
And their plan worked.
Rockey and Yajko had to crawl under a wooden deck with the mother dog. But when the pups saw their mother they ran to her and immediately started nursing, Rockey said.
“It was the sweetest sight,” Rockey said. “They were happy to have their mama back.”
Rockey said that the three pups were alone under a porch of a vacant trailer home for about 24 hours, and would have not survived very much long without their mother.
The three pups were transported to the CARE facility southeast of Glenwood Springs and are in good condition, Rockey said.
“We’ve got Christmas puppies,” Rockey said.
The pups will remain at CARE for the next few days while they are socialized with other dogs and people. CARE will also take care of some medical problems and ensure that the pups are healthy before being available for adoption.
But Rockey expects the pups, all named after cheeses – Feta, Provolone, Havarti, Ricotta, Muenster, Monterey Jack, Colby Jack, Romano, Pepper Jack, Gouda and Brie – will all be available for foster care soon.
The pups will be broken into smaller groups and placed in foster homes, Rockey said. Then they will return to the center, will be spayed or neutered, and then will be ready for adoption in early December – just in time for Christmas.