September 09, 2013 - 12:52 PM
KELOWNA - Despite provincial media attention no owner has come forward to claim the white male poodle that made headlines last week after it was found severely injured in the yard of a Rutland home.
The owner's three-day grace period has expired and the dog, nicknamed Buddy, is now property of the Regional District of the Central Okanagan. While the dog has been in veterinary care since its rescue, district spokesperson Bruce Smith says it will soon be ready for a new home.
"It's been a provincial story – provincial and local media have contacted us in the attmept to find the owner," Smith says. "Unfortunately no one has come forward."
The dog underwent a second operation Friday night to repair damage to its shoulder, likely caused by a car collision. There is no prognosis yet for the dog, but Smith says the injuries - including a facial fracture - are not as bad as they first thought.
"Once we have the prognosis we can best determine how to proceed with adoption," Smith says, as the new owner will likely be responsible for whatever ongoing medical needs and costs the dog may have.
Now transferred to Kelowna SPCA, Buddy is one step closer to finding a new home.
Smith says the dog's future is looking brighter already.
"We've had lots of calls over the weekend since the dog became public," Smith says.
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