14 Rescued Dogs Show Improvement


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14 Rescued Dogs, Mostly Pointers, Show Improvement
Dogs, Cats Seized Yesterday Responding to Treatment

Boston, Mass., June 8, 2011, – Thirteen Pointers and one Labrador Retriever are recovering today after Tewksbury Police discovered them during the sweltering heat of the day, locked together in a single van in Tewksbury yesterday. MSPCA Law Enforcement rushed to the scene to assist. Officials treated some of the animals at the scene before the MSPCA transported them to MSPCA facilities in Methuen and Boston. The owner was placed under arrest.  

The MSPCA Animal Protection Division—which helped to recover the animals—is a full-service animal protection division that encompasses Law Enforcement, medical care, and adoption. This division responds to animals in varying conditions of distress and the Law Enforcement Department prosecutes or assists in the prosecution of acts of cruelty as appropriate. Additionally, this unit cares for the animals’ health at Angell and works to find them good, responsible homes through the MSPCA’s Adoption Centers. Due to the space and resources needed to accommodate these animal protection operations, the MSPCA relies on the public to support the organization’s mission and care. 

Eleven dogs and the cats are undergoing treatment at the MSPCA's Noble Family Adoption Center in Methuen.  Three of the dogs, requiring more aggressive treatment, are at the MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center.  According to Jean Weber, MSPCA director of animal protection, hyperthermia will represent and potentially deadly health concern throughout the summer. She added that the temperature within a car can rise to dangerous levels with surprising speed. (To learn more about the dangers of animal overheating and ways to prevent this, you can visit the MSPCA’s “Hot Weather Tips” page here.) 

“All the animals are responding to treatment,” said Weber “The dogs in the worst shape were taken to Angell and it makes sense that their recovery will take more time.  In any case, they are all adjusting to their new environments, undergoing testing and evaluation and we are optimistic that they will have a full recovery and be available for adoption soon.” 

With space in the adoption centers already at a premium due to the intake of animals from tornado-hit western MA, Weber is encouraging potential adopters to visit the MSPCA’s adoption centers to meet some of the hundreds of animals currently waiting for adoption this weekend.  The Noble Family Adoption Center in Methuen and the Boston Adoption Center are currently searching for adoptive homes for over a dozen dogs from shelters in Springfield, in addition to hundreds of other animals surrendered to the non-profit.  With the strain on resources at the adoption center, Weber is also asking for the public’s help to provide care for these dogs and others at the MSPCA. To make a donation, please click on the following:


For information about animals available for adoption and the adoption process, please visit www.mspca.org/adoption.

The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions of individuals who care about animals. Please visit www.mspca.org.