Dog tale has happy ending

It’s turned out to be a happy tale for the dog who survived a vicious machete attack that left it with deep wounds on its throat, face and body and most of its tail chopped off.

Snowball, a three-year-old Labrador cross that was attacked in West Bay a few weeks ago, has been adopted by an American family.

Snowball flew off to his new home with Bob and Susan Charles of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on Friday.

‘I am very grateful to Bob and Sue for agreeing to adopt Snowball and give him a new home,’ said Maggie Baldino, Department of Agriculture Animal Welfare Officer who co-ordinated the dog’s adoption.

She noted many individuals and local organisations pitched in to help Snowball.

‘It is heartening to see how an incident that initially highlighted the worst of human nature can in turn bring out the best in the community.’

Heather Haines, a long-time volunteer and member of the Cayman Islands Humane Society, was among those who lent a helping hand by covering all of the dog’s medical expenses.

The Department of Agriculture waived the fees for Snowball’s health examination and export permit and Cayman Airways pitched in by transporting the dog to Ft. Lauderdale for free.

‘We at Cayman Airways are pleased to be able to do our part to ensure that this story has a happy ending,’ said Cayman Airways representative Melanie Hulse.

‘We hope that the exposure of this case will make people more aware of animal welfare issues and insure that this type of abuse will not be tolerated.’

Ms Baldino praised vet Dr. Brenda Bush and her staff at Island Veterinary Services who worked tirelessly to save Snowball’s life after the attack and nurse him back to health.

A severe loss of blood meant the dog required a blood transfusion and surgery. Staff at the clinic said the severely-wounded animal was so good natured that it was still wagging what was left of its tail when they were comforting it.

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