The Atlantic Canadian Dachshund Rescue, a group that connects unwanted or seized wiener dogs with homes and medical treatment, is appealing for $10,000 in support after seven dogs it recently saved in New Brunswick were found to have severe health problems.
Heather Curran, a volunteer with the not-for-profit group, began fostering one of the dogs a week ago. She said the eight-year-old male dog, named Madison, needed to have all his teeth removed.
"His mouth was completely rotten. All of his teeth were completely rotten ... His mouth was a mess," said Curran.
'Special little dogs'
Madison is on a diet of mashed dog food. When he came to Curran last Sunday, he stayed in his crate with his tail between his legs. After a few days, Madison is constantly by Curran's side. The dog doesn't bark or lick and he doesn't know how to do any tricks.
"They're special little dogs. They're very loving and sweet," Curran said.
Madison was one of 26 dogs — 19 of which were dachshunds — recently seized from one New Brunswick home. The owner injured herself and was hospitalized, and a local kennel club stepped in to help the dogs. Seven dachshunds came to Nova Scotia while 12 went to foster homes in New Brunswick.
More money needed for treatment
The Atlantic Canadian Dachshund Rescue usually treats an average of seven dogs a year that come into their care with minor health issues. This year, it's going to be more costly. The group spent $1,500 to pay for Madison's dental work and it still has six more dogs in need of treatment.
"To help these other dogs, it basically means an extreme amount of money coming to us from kind people or organizations so we can get them in surgery ... It is that bad," said rescue president, Diane Redden.
Redden said the group's yearly fundraisers like Weinerpalooza at Shubie Park in Dartmouth, provide the funds they need for basic care. She estimates it will take more than $10,000 to finance the surgeries needed for the other six dogs.
Better future for dogs
Redden said all of the dogs have dental issues, with several needing complete tooth extractions.
"The important thing is that they get the care they need, making sure their futures are better than what they came from," said Redden.
Redden said the group doesn't blame the previous owner for the conditions the dogs were living in, but is grateful the owner came forward when the dogs' care became too much.