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April 21, 2009

Sad Story. Maybe They'll Survive

Beagle mother, puppies suffering from Parvo at Jupiter shelter need help
By ANDREW MARRA

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Friday, April 17, 2009

JUPITER- — A dying beagle and her newborn litter are clinging to life at a Jupiter animal shelter after being found abandoned Thursday in a recycle bin in Lake Park.

The beagle, sick with Parvo, an often-deadly intestinal disease, was moaning in agony in the bin and surrounded by her days-old puppies when a man taking out trash found them.

The man brought them to Safe Harbor Animal Hospital in Jupiter, where the mother is now being fed by an IV tube and the puppies are recuperating in incubators.

Executive Director Kay-Lynette Roca said the puppies' only hope of survival is if it turns out they are not infected with their mother's illness or if the virus doesn't break.

"The question is going to be, are they going to break with the virus?" she asked.

She said the puppies appear to be pure-bred beagles and will be attractive adoptees if they recover. The shelter said the cost of caring for the animals is crippling since donations have plummeted 70 percent recently.

"If we don't have the money coming in on the back end we can't keep doing what we do," Roca said.

Anyone interested in adoptions or making donations can call the center at (561) 747-5311.

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What a sad story...I hope to fins sponsors or adopters...

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