Wanted: Loving homes for three puppies who’ve already overcome incredible odds.
It all began with a muffled whine heard over rushing water.
When the pups were abandoned on Halloween night in the Rockford/Jenkinstown community, nearby homeowner Ray Floyd couldn’t bear to watch them die as they sat on a rocky outcrop at the bottom of a 70-foot cliff.
“We believe they were thrown off the bridge just up the river,” Floyd said as he caressed the pups Friday. “I went out the next morning and heard them whining and I just had to help.”
The result was a rescue by Animal Control Officer Corey Quesinberry, who braved frigid, swift-moving waters to canoe across the river and rescue the puppies.
A total of four puppies were rescued.
“We’ve done some animal rescue work in the past, and have been successful at adopting them out,” Floyd said. “These were puppies who needed someone to take care of them, nurse them back to health and find them a good home.”
Floyd agreed to keep the pups and take care of them, but unfortunately one female didn’t make it.
“The smaller female was nursed on a bottle for two weeks, but didn’t make it,” he said. “There are three now who are healthy and loving.”
The exact age of the dogs are unknown, “but they’re certainly still puppies,” Floyd said.
Since their rescue, Floyd has tended to their every need.
“We’ve given them baths and cleaned them up, they’ve been wormed twice and have been on a diet of Purina Puppy Chow,” he said.
And their emotional health is vastly improved as well.
“They were scared to death of people when we got them, but now they’re loving, caring dogs that would make a family or families great pets,” he said.
Floyd isn’t seeking any money, he said.
“We just want them to go to a good home or homes where the people can afford to take care of them the way they need to be taken care of,” he said. “They’re going to need shots and have to be spayed or neutered.”
Floyd has one female and two males that he would love to see loved and cared for.
“We’d love them to go to a family who lives in a country setting or has a fenced-in yard,” he said. “The only thing we ask is we’d like the chance to do a follow-up and check on them once they’re adopted to be sure they’re being taken care of.”
“Each one has its individual personality,” Floyd added with a laugh. “The female is a little timid but very loving. One of the males is dominant. He tends to keep a watch out for the others. The other male is more of a hunter. He follows our dog around in the field. He’d be a great country dog that would love to go for walks with a loving owner.”
But the bottom line is Floyd wants the pups to live long, healthy, happy lives.
Anyone interested in adopting the three puppies can call Floyd at 374-3282.
Reach Keith Strange at email@example.com or 719-1929.