Archive for Thursday, December 20, 2012

Lecompton Chihuahua recovering from Rottweiler attack, dog lovers helping with vet bills

December 20, 2012


A Lecompton resident's Chihuahua is recovering from a life-threatening attack by a Rottweiler Saturday, and people are coming forward to help.

Po, the Chihuahua, suffered puncture wounds and broken ribs Saturday when the larger dog wandered into his yard and attacked him, biting him several times.

Rushed to Bradley Animal Hospital, Po survived surgery, and his owner, Heather Anderson, of Lecompton, said he is looking better each day. Even so, Po will require days or weeks of care, and the cost of the veterinary treatment will run in the thousands of dollars — bills Anderson says she can't afford to pay.

She didn't ask for help, but some Douglas County residents such as Josh Hunt, of Lawrence, heard about Po and came forward. They are organizing others who want to chip in a few dollars so that neither Anderson nor the animal hospital are stuck with all of the cost. Hunt said he got involved because, as the owner of two small Chihuahuas named Pablo and Clover, it was easy for him to imagine how upsetting the incident was.

Anderson was at work about 2 p.m. when she began receiving calls from her neighbors and her landlord telling her of the dog attack. Two of her children were at home when it happened.

"They were devastated," Anderson said. "It was horrible to get that call at work with my kids screaming in the background."

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office arrived to put the Rottweiler into the custody of the Lawrence Humane Society while Po was transported to the animal hospital.

At the time, Sgt. Steve Lewis of the sheriff's office said Po's chances of surviving were "fifty-fifty" at best, but the dog has clung to life.

He's not out of the woods yet, staff at the animal hospital said, and he'll remain there for some time. Meanwhile, Hunt and others have raised a few hundred dollars already to put toward the hospital bills.

"Even if we make a dent, every little bit helps," he said.

The Rottweiler, facing charges from the sheriff's office as a repeat offender, has been euthanized by the Humane Society with consent of the owner, said Dori Villalon, executive director of the non-profit organization. The former rescue dog had a history of abuse by a previous owner and was on record at the Humane Society as a prior offender, having previously attacked a Pomeranian.

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bearded_gnome 1 year, 3 months ago

The former rescue dog had a history of abuse by a previous owner and was on record at the Humane Society as a prior offender, having previously attacked a Pomeranian.

---which leaves me wondering: what is wrong with that Rottie's owner??? maybe he/she shouldn't be let out off leash either due to such irresponsibility letting such a dog run loose.

so glad Po is on the mend and people are helping. dogs deserve our every consideration and care, they give so much.


Angela Heili 1 year, 3 months ago

It's not the dog breed, riverdrifter, it's the human that interacts with the dog. It's the uneducated individuals who don't understand that what they do directly impacts the dog, no matter the breed.

Here it is: "The former rescue dog had a history of abuse from a previous owner...".

Any dog that has suffered abuses is going to suffer some ill effects from it. Please do the dog world a favor and educate yourself on dog behavior vs human behavior before you make the ignorant comment that whole breeds need to be "discontinued". As someone who trains dogs and works with behavior modification for over 25 years I'd be happy to help with your education.


oldbaldguy 1 year, 3 months ago

rottweilers were bred by the romans to be war dogs and pack animals. they fed prisoners to them.


rlmtyco 1 year, 3 months ago

AWESOME, i hadn't heard anything since I had went into Bradleys on tuesday. Makes my day to hear that Po is doing better. Tough little guy.


1julie1 1 year, 3 months ago

A very sad story and so nice that people are chipping in to help with the vet bill. I'm wondering, however, why the owner of the Rottweiler isn't responsible for the vet bills? If I read the story correctly the Rottweiler was in the yard belonging to the Chihuahua at the time of the attack.


thebcman 1 year, 3 months ago

Not to make light of a serious situation, but if anyone in Lecompton ever needed to name a sports team, the Lecompton Chihuahua's has a nice ring to it.


riverdrifter 1 year, 3 months ago

Good to know they put that rott down. As dog breeds go, rotts and pit bulls should be discontinued.


Liberal 1 year, 3 months ago

I watched a great Dane attack a miniature poodle when I was a kid, the image still is horrible in my mind. The poodle lived but required surgery and a lot of stitches.


ridikkulus 1 year, 3 months ago

So relieved to hear that he seems to be recovering! Good boy, Po!

I am also incredibly saddened by the death of the Rottie. I understand why it had to happen, but it still didn't NEED to happen. If his owner had kept him fenced or leashed, ALWAYS, this could have had a different ending.


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