Shorty, a 15-year-old poodle found wandering down a road in North Carolina with an eye infection and badly matted fur must have a guardian angel. Taken to a veterinary hospital by a Good Samaritan, it was discovered the dog had been given up after Hurricane Katrina and his original family wants him back.
The white poodle was in bad shape when an individual saw him walking down the middle of a street in Cabarrus County, NC. The man scooped up the little dog and brought him to Cabarrus Animal Hospital where veterinarians discovered a microchip showing that Shorty was registered to an owner in Louisiana.
“We traced the dog to Louisiana and thank goodness the gentleman did not change his cell phone number,” said Brenda Tortoreo, the receptionist at the animal hospital.
The family had surrendered Shorty seven years ago in the aftermath of the devastation caused by the hurricane. Their home had been destroyed and they didn’t feel they could care for the dog so they gave him to a shelter. They had no idea what had become of Shorty.
The little poodle had spent nearly half his life with new owners who live in Concord, NC. They came forward when they saw a report about Shorty on the news. Ta’layza Miller and her grandmother adopted the little guy from a local shelter more than six years ago. They said he had been missing since mid-September when they allowed him to walk outdoors on his own. The pair have been looking for him ever since. Now that Shorty has been found, the Miller’s agree that he should be returned to his original family.
“I do want him back, but since they lost everything in Hurricane Katrina and they lost him… I wouldn’t mind them keeping him or anything because it was their dog first,” said 15-year-old Ta’layza.
Cabarrus Animal Hospital has been busy tending to Shorty’s medical needs. In addition to an infection in both eyes and matted fur, the dog has severe dental disease that requires surgery and a heart murmur.
The hospital is treating Shorty free of charge, although his medical bill is $2,000. They estimate it will be about two weeks before he will be healthy enough to be released.
Their big concern is how to get Shorty back to New Orleans. They hope a volunteer will come forward and furnish a ride for him. When that happens everyone will know for sure that Shorty has a guardian angel watching over him.
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