Today’s plan was to sterilise the 4 females that were caught yesterday. However, we never got round to these sterilisations due to a number of internal cases that were caused by our own dogs and those of the school next to us.
This morning Debbie who lives next door at the Baan Unrak School brought in one of their rabbits that had supposedly been attacked by one of their dogs. Upon closer inspection, it was clear that the rabbit’s leg had been severely broken and required amputation.
This hard-core little one has now earned herself the name ‘Super Rabbit’ after she needed more than ten times the recommended anaesthesia dosage for the operation which lasted a little over an hour. She is now awake, but dreary and will stay in Marie-Eve’s room tonight so that she can be closely monitored.
This afternoon more patients were created by one of our own dogs – Etti. Our two new volunteers - Becky and Chico - were taking our lovely blind dog, Wiley (or as Marie-Eve commonly miscalls him, Wally) for a walk to the lake when Etti - for no obvious reason - launched himself at Wiley and attacked. Poor Wiley didn’t do anything to provoke or retaliate and it wasn’t until Etti had to be physically lifted off the ground by his tail that he released his grip on Wiley’s neck.
Never has Etti attacked Wiley before, and we now believe that it could be because Wiley has not been sterilised that Etti perceived him as some sort of threat. We have had to put staples in Wiley’s neck to close the skin that had been torn open.
A couple of hours later during dinner, Etti attacked one of our female dogs, Fleta. Again, I have never seen him attack a female before – rather, I have witnessed him retreat when a female has growled at him. Clearly his frustration is increasing and we cannot delay much longer his release date.
The last incident of the day came when a dog was brought in from Baan Unrak Children’s Home after he had been hit by a car. This little boy is called Didor and is Dorri’s identical twin brother (incidentally, Dorri was also brought into us after being hit by a car and is currently still at the sanctuary waiting for his owners to collect him). He is able to stand, although it is visibly painful for him to do so. He will be put on a drip and carefully monitored over the next few days.