Tex is only 12 weeks old, but he's already survived a hurricane. The puppy has also survived terrible abuse. He has a broken jaw, a busted leg and cuts all over his face, but thanks to a team from Windsor, Tex now has a home.
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The puppy is one of 22 animals that arrived safely in Windsor Monday, after a successful rescue mission by local volunteers to pick up the pets from a hurricane-ravaged area in Texas.
"It was exhausting but very successful," said Moggy Cat Rescue founder Lauren Edwards, who organized the mission after she saw the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.
The team brought eight large-breed dogs into care at the Windsor/Essex County Humane Society, three dogs to a rescue facility in London, and Moggy Cat Rescue took in the cats. A litter of puppies stayed in the U.S., and are going to a rescue facility in Detroit.
Edwards herself also adopted one lucky puppy — Tex.
"He was sort of a last minute add-on," she said, explaining that just after her group had loaded up their vehicles and were finalizing paperwork, a man approached her with the puppy.
"The dog was definitely living in a very abusive situation," said Edwards.
After several veterinary checks on both sides of the border, it was confirmed Tex was in rough shape, but Edwards said she's already seen signs he's enjoying his new home.
"He's going to be okay," she said. "He is finally acting like a puppy, running, jumping, eating, drinking, probably running more than he should so he's in a cage on cage rest most of the day."
The puppy and the other rescued animals are under temporary quarantine while their health is monitored.
"We do isolate them just to make sure they're not bringing anything in that could impact other animals here," said Melanie Coulter, executive director of the Windsor/Essex County Humane Society.
Coulter said all eight dogs there are doing "really well" and once they have passed all their medical exams they will be up for adoption.