June 19, 2018
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Dogs left at Waterville shelter with porcupine quills in mouths

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

WATERVILLE, Maine — A pair of dogs are looking for a new home after they were dumped at a Waterville animal shelter with porcupine quills in their mouths.

The dogs — a 4-year-old Great Dane and a 4-month-old terrier puppy, both males — were found at Humane Society Waterville Area around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, operations manager Pam Nichols said Thursday.

A note from the dogs’ owners that read “The black one is Magnum, the white one is Bud. The family is heartbroken, but we could not afford them” was found in the shelter’s front door Wednesday morning, and the dogs were in an outdoor run, Nichols said.

She said the dogs had tried to get the porcupine quills out of their mouths and there was blood everywhere.

Nichols took the dogs to New England Animal Hospital to have the quills removed, she said.

“They were both running real high temperatures,” said Nichols, who said the dogs are on antibiotics and are doing much better Thursday.

The dogs received nearly $700 in veterinary care, which the humane society covered, Nichols said.

“They’ve had a couple of visitors that brought in donations,” Nichols said of the pooches. “Their tails were going crazy.”

Nichols said if all goes well, the dogs will be neutered on Wednesday, and then will be available for adoption.

Nichols said the shelter would prefer the dogs be adopted together, because they are attached to one another.

“They’ve been through heck together,” she said.

For information about the dogs, call the shelter at 873-2430.


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