Blind, neglected dog is recovering; donations sought for her careDaisy is improving, but Mitchell Animal Rescue needs to raise $600 for surgery bill.
By: Chris Huber, The Daily Republic
With a sniff of her nose and a wag of her tiny tail, Daisy the blind rat terrier cautiously explores the front step of Laurie Martin’s house in Mitchell Wednesday morning.
A white cone is affixed firmly around her neck so she won’t lick at the site of her recent surgery.
Daisy was brought to the Mitchell pound as a stray a few days ago, and because of what may be a tumor in her right eye, she needed surgery to remove it. She also needed a teeth cleaning to remove an infection in her mouth.
Because Daisy’s owners did not claim her within three days at the pound, she now is adoptable through Mitchell Animal Rescue.
Now in foster care with Mitchell Animal Rescue cofounder Laurie Martin, Daisy’s surgery left the organization with a $600 bill.
“It is something we haven’t regularly dealt with before,” said Martin. “We do the regular spaying and neutering surgeries, but not a lot of special ones.”
In fact, this is only the second major surgery Mitchell Animal Rescue has undertaken with an animal.
Mitchell Animal Rescue is now looking for donations to help pay for Daisy’s surgery.
“I think we have around $175 in donations right now, but we obviously still need more,” Martin said.
Anyone interested in donating funds can send money to Mitchell Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 355, Mitchell, S.D. 57301, or through an online donating website called Chip In at http://mitchellanimalrescue. chipin.com/daisys-surgeries.
As for Daisy, the 7 1/2-yearold rat terrier is available for adoption and, according to Martin, would make a great companion.
Martin described her as a sweet and loving dog that gets around just fine.
“Daisy bumps into everything once in awhile, but she can figure out her way pretty well,” Martin said, as Daisy’s ears perked up when she heard her name. Mitchell Animal Rescue currently has about 10 other dogs that are available for adoption.
Mitchell Animal Rescue co-founder Laurie Martin holds Daisy, a 7 1/2-year-old rat terrier, Wednesday morning in Mitchell. Mitchell Animal Rescue is asking for donations to help pay for Daisy’s surgery to remove her right eye. Martin describes Daisy as a sweet and loving dog that gets around just fine.