Families waiting to adopt one of the 62 puppies rescued in Licking County two weeks ago will have to wait a few weeks longer.
“They are a lot sicker than we previously thought. We’ve lost six puppies–five to parvovirus and another to a heart defect,” said Lori Carlson, Executive Director at the Licking County Humane Society.
Carlson says they have more than 100 applications waiting. But because of the severity of the illnesses, it could be another two weeks before the pups are ready.
Employees and volunteers are working long hours, nursing the sickest dogs. And because of the contagious nature of these ailments, Carlson says they can’t give any puppies to supporting rescues.
“They are working long hours and it’s very exhausting,” said Carlson.
“The staff are struggling because they basically been working all this overtime for the last two weeks to try and get these dogs healthy. …to save their lives.”
The good news is, they are flushed with supplies and monetary donations thanks to the community.
“We have plenty of puppy pads, food and money to pay for vet bills and medication. The community has been outstanding,” said Carlson.