On March 1st, South Lake Animal League (SLAL) was called upon to help a female dog in dire straits. The small beagle-mix dog named Henrietta, was emaciated, anemic and very pregnant. Henrietta was in active labor and having complications trying to give birth due to her weakened state. Picked up by Lake County Animal Services (LCAS), their quick-thinking Shelter Veterinarian, Dr. Corda, immediately started her on IV fluids. But after the first five puppies were born, Henrietta was unable to push the remaining puppies out of the birth canal and an emergency C-section was going to be the only thing that would save these lives. Surgery was a success and Henrietta and her puppies were saved; just in time. LCAS was in need of a rescue group to step up to care for the newborn puppies and immediately turned to South Lake Animal League, a 501(c)3 nonprofit no-kill rescue in Groveland for assistance. Together, a plan was formed to provide a safe haven for this little family through SLAL’s foster home network.
Over the past few days, Henrietta’s story and pictures have gained national and local media attention. Henrietta was too weak to produce milk and is recovering while her puppies are being nursed around the clock by SLAL volunteers. Henrietta will need extensive medical care as she is malnourished, suffers from intestinal parasites and heartworm disease. To continue following this story or to make a donation to SLAL to their care, please visit www.slal.org
Serving Lake and surrounding counties since 1988, SLAL has been rescuing and re-homing approximately dogs and cats that have been abandoned, abused or neglected in our community every year. Last year, 700 pets found new, loving homes. SLAL provides programs and services to the community such as the Pets of the Homeless Program, the Nourish N’ Neuter Program, the In League with Humane Education Program, and the Pet Peace of Mind Cornerstone Hospice Program. Visit the South Lake Animal League’s adoption center located at 4648 Baptist Island Road in Groveland or call (352)429-6334 for more information.