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Norfolk SPCA raises funds after sick rescue dogs dropped off without notice – The Virginian-Pilot

The Norfolk SPCA has opened an emergency fund for the medical care of several neglected huskies after the dogs were abruptly dropped off on Saturday night.

Even though the shelter was over capacity, a home rescue in North Carolina that rescued a group of huskies from a backyard breeder in the state transferred the dogs to the SPCA without notice late at night.

“We weren’t able to pick up the dogs, but they were there,” said SPCA Executive Director Kimberly Sherlaw. “So we got our management team together and said, ‘Okay, we’ll have to make this work. “”

Three adult dogs and a puppy arrived, badly neglected. The puppy, six or seven weeks old, was emaciated, dehydrated and has an eye injury, Sherlaw said. All adult huskies have parasites, including heartworm.

Thursday afternoon, the SPCA had exceeded its goal by raising $27,000.

Sherlaw said the team needed funds to get the pup to see an eye specialist and rid the adult huskies of the parasites.

“They don’t want to eat, they’re underweight, they’re dehydrated, so they’re in pretty tough shape from a physical standpoint,” Sherlaw said. “From a mental point of view, too, they were quite downcast.”

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On Tuesday, a good Samaritan from Virginia Beach contacted the SPCA to let them know she had taken in a pair of home rescue-bound huskies, picking them up from a 7-Eleven parking lot in Norfolk. She was concerned about the male husky’s lethargy and lack of appetite.

After examining the husky, which they named Viking, the SPCA team determined that they would not be able to improve his condition and euthanized him.

Sherlaw said his team were concerned that one or two other huskies had been transported with them and had also been entrusted to a good Samaritan.

“We’re very concerned if there’s one or two that go untreated because the male we ended up euthanizing was in such bad shape,” Sherlaw said. “It was heartbreaking.”

On Thursday, Sherlaw said all huskies were stable.

“We’ll know more, which is a good thing, after today about their condition and then we’ll know the next steps we could take moving forward,” Sherlaw said. “So we feel really positive, we just know it’s a journey and it was a bit overwhelming for our team at the start.”

To donate, people can go to the Norfolk SPCA Hope Fund and designate a donation as “Husky Emergency.”