Firefighters rushed the dog — named Ethan — to an animal hospital, where he is recovering, according to the Associated Press.
Sabrina Zamora, president of an animal association in Charleville-Mezieres, 125 miles northeast of Paris, said the dog was dug up by a pedestrian who noticed the ground wiggling along a lakeside pedestrian path.
Veterinarian Philippe Michon said when firemen brought the terrier to his office “he was completely cold, he was barely breathing.”
Michon used hot water bottles to warm up Ethan’s body and hydrated him with intravenous fluids. Within 24 hours, he was back on his feet. The vet said convulsions from being poisoned may have been what led to his grave being noticed.
Ethan was identified through a microchip that also revealed he’d been buried alive on his third birthday.
His owner told police he had given the dog away earlier, but police are continuing their investigation.
(Photo: Sabrina Zamora, president of an animal protection association, holds Ethan at Ligue Interet a la Societe et de l’Animal; Associated Press)
Posted by jwoestendiek October 23rd, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) has announced this year’s Hambone Award winner — a dachshund-terrier mix who chased a skunk under a deck, followed it into a hole, and then disappeared underground.
She wasn’t found and dug out until the next day.
It has been about a year since Peanut’s underground adventure, and she has recovered fully.
VPI said thousands cast online votes in a close race that saw Peanut beat out a cat trapped in a car engine to win the title of VPI’s Most Unusual Pet Insurance Claim of the Year.
The fourth recipient of the annual award, Peanut was found buried in the dirt beneath the deck at the Sicklerville, N.J., home of her owners, Keith and Christy Wolfram. The day before, she’d gotten in a scuffle with a skunk, chasing it under the deck and into a hole. Apparently the underground tunnel collapsed once she got inside it.
Her owners called the Winslow Fire Department. After hours of poking holes in the deck and searching for the dog, the firefighters were ready to call it quits, but Christy didn’t given up hope.
“When the firefighters saw Christy continue to dig, one of them decided to take a last look,” said Keith. “I remember him shouting, ‘I see her paw!’ and my heart just sank. By the time they got her out she was barely moving. I couldn’t believe she was alive.”
The firefighters administered oxygen to Peanut and she was taken to a veterinarian. She was treated for hypothermia and, after about a week and a half, had made a full recovery.
As the 2012 VPI Hambone Award winner, Peanut will receive a bronze trophy in the shape of a ham, as well as a bag filled with toys, treats and an emergency pet kit.
Second place went to Pebbles, a domestic shorthair cat who got stuck in a car engine and was discovered after a 15-mile drive. Pebbles was treated for lacerations and a broken jaw. Third Place went to Bayley, a Labrador retriever in Maryland who shattered a a 55-gallon aquarium while playing in the house, resulting in a two-inch gash.
The 12 nominees were chosen from more than 1 million claims VPI receives annually.
For more details on the Hambone Award visit VPIHamboneAward.com.
Posted by jwoestendiek October 3rd, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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