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UPDATE: Shelter struggles to pay for litter of sick puppies

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UPDATE: MADISON (WKOW)-- A litter of six puppies, set to be euthanized at an Ohio shelter got a second chance thanks to a local rescue group. But, because of a virus, a number of the puppies are in the hospital and the group is struggling to foot the bill.

A week and a half ago, Little Orphan Animal Rescue, a no-kill group that consists of foster families, took in six seemingly healthy collie-sheppard mix puppies, abandoned on the doorstep of a kill shelter.

“The mission is to save animals,” said Christina Cowling, with Little Orphan Animal Rescue.

But one by one the puppies came down with Parvo virus, which most dogs are vaccinated against.

It's a highly contagious illness that attacks the GI tract and if left untreated, is fatal.

“This is day two now and we expect that puppies with Parvo virus, for them to need treatment anywhere from two days to seven days or more,” said Dr. Jodi Thompson, a vet caring for two of the puppies.

Five of the now-9 week old pups are fighting for their lives, getting IV fluids, plasma transfusions and antibiotics. With this aggressive treatment the survival rate between 80 and 90 percent.

Three of the dogs, Betty White, June and Buddha, are at UW Vet Clinic, the other two, Captain Kirk and Thumbelina are at Veterinary Emergency service in Middleton.

“If they can recover from this episode, they will go on to do very well,” Dr. Thompson said.

If and when the puppies can come home, Christina has prepared her home, but in the meantime, they're racking up medical bills between $2000 and $3000 a piece. Its money the rescue doesn't have.

“Our board president has taken out a home equity loan, put her home on the line in order to pay for them,” Christina said.

So while the puppies remain in critical condition, the group is working to collect donations.

And christina says she remains optimistic the dogs will eventually be ready for a forever home.

“I just kept thinking, you know here's these six puppies and there are families waiting out there for them,” Christina said.

TO DONATE: You can mail a check to: LOAR, PO Box 154, Montello, WI 53949.

To donate online or for information on adopting one of the Little Orphan animals, check out their webpage here or their Facebook page here.

Or you can call UW Vet Clinic and donate over the phone to help Buddha, June, and Betty White by calling 608-263-2269.

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MADISON (WKOW)—A no-kill animal rescue operation in Montello is struggling to pay the bills after taking in a litter of six puppies, five of whom have a very serious illness.

Little Orphan Animal rescue is an organization made up of foster homes who take in animals. The group started taking in cats in 2008 and now also accepts dogs. Recently, the spent their emergency fund on a facility to house the cats.

A week and a half ago, a litter of collie/Sheppard mix puppies were left in a box on the doorstep of a kill shelter. So the group, which does not euthanize animals, took the litter in. However within five days, five of the puppies got Parvo and are fighting for their lives at clinics in Madison and Middleton. The bill is about $5000 so far and volunteers have put up their credit cards to pay the cost.

Coming up on 27 News at 10, we’ll have details on the organization and puppies’ conditions, as well as ways to help.

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