September 06, 2013 - 4:52 PM
KELOWNA - The owner of a poodle found badly wounded and abandoned in Rutland yesterday has three days to claim their pet.
In 72 hours the white male poodle mix will belong to the Regional District of the Central Okanagan and then transferred to Kelowna SPCA for adoption.
No one has come forward since dog control services rescued the animal yesterday morning in the backyard of a Hein Road residence bleeding from a car collision.
District spokesperson Bruce Smith says the dog, estimated between five and ten years old, is now in stable condition after receiving emergency medical treatment.
"It's being medicated for pain, but the dog is alert and awake," Smith says.
The veterinarian's examination suggests the owner may not even live in Kelowna. The dog was treated for flees, which is uncommon for pets in the Okanagan due to the dry climate, Smith says. The length of its fur also indicates it was clipped in the last couple of months.
It's likely been a number of days since the dog was abandoned, Smith says.
"When they fed the dog it was ravenous, suggesting it may have been without food for a couple of days."
So far the district has received an outpour of interest from the community, with people calling in and offering to pay for the medical bills.
"If it's unclaimed after 72 hours then we'll take appropriate action," Smith says. “We've had people calling saying they would take the dog.”
If that person resides in Kelowna they will have to license the dog immediately.
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