A NO­BEL CAUSE

Man­i­toba Un­der­dogs Res­cue puts out re­quest for do­na­tions

Winnipeg Sun - - NEWS - — Sun staff

“No­bel is one of the worst cases of an­i­mal abuse and ne­glect that I’ve seen in a long time.”

Jessica Hansen, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor at MUR

A Win­nipeg-based an­i­mal res­cue shel­ter is strug­gling to pay down its pet bills and is reach­ing out to the pub­lic for help.

Man­i­toba Un­der­dogs Res­cue (MUR), a char­ity and non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, is ask­ing for do­na­tions so it can keep up its ef­forts head­ing into the win­ter sea­son.

MUR is cur­rently car­ing for what they’re call­ing one of the worst cases of an­i­mal abuse and ne­glect that they’ve seen in a long time.

MUR found No­bel, a 10-year-old Amer­i­can bulldog mix in a re­mote Man­i­to­ban com­mu­nity re­cently. Ac­cord­ing to MUR, No­bel was tied to a dog­house on a short chain. He was sur­rounded by his own fe­ces, garbage and had no food or wa­ter.

“No­bel was se­verely ema­ci­ated, with his ribs, spine and hip bones very vis­i­ble,” a re­lease from MUR said. “He had open sores and scratches all over his body and had a se­vere gash on his face be­low his eye. His skin was raw, red and flaky and he was cov­ered in dirt and his fur was patchy and coarse.”

No­bel was re­leased by his own­ers. MUR found out that No­bel had been a bait dog used in dog fight­ing. The own­ers had dog food but weren’t feed­ing him. MUR of­fered to pro­vide vet­eri­nar­ian care and the own­ers re­lin­quished him.

“No­bel is one of the worst cases of an­i­mal abuse and ne­glect that I’ve seen in a long time,” said Jessica Hansen, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor at MUR. “Once we re­turned to Win­nipeg that evening, our vet­eri­nar­ian at Win­nipeg An­i­mal Emer­gency Hos­pi­tal scored No­bel a 1.5 out of 9 on the Body Con­di­tion Scale. This means his ribs, spine and hip bones are vis­i­ble from a dis­tance, he had no dis­cernible body fat and an ob­vi­ous loss of mus­cle mass. He also had in­fec­tions in both ears, had skin le­sions and pres­sure sores and was de­ter­mined to be not healthy enough to re­ceive vac­ci­na­tions.”

Hansen says No­bel, while an ex­treme case, isn’t unique.

“No­bel isn’t unique,” said Hansen. “He may be an ex­treme case, but the num­ber of un­wanted, mis­treated, and stray an­i­mals in Man­i­toba is alarm­ing. With win­ter fast ap­proach­ing we’re strug­gling to pay down our vet bills and mo­bi­lize to save as many as we can. No­bel wouldn’t have sur­vived the win­ter with­out our in­ter­ven­tion and know­ing how many more like him are out there keeps me awake at night.”

No­bel is on the mend in the care of a foster fam­ily un­til he is strong enough to be placed in a per­ma­nent home.

MUR is ask­ing for do­na­tions to con­tinue to sup­port dogs like No­bel. They can be made at MUR’S web­site, man­i­to­baun­der­dogs.org/do­nate.

No­bel the dog is in much bet­ter shape than he was when he was first res­cued by the Win­nipeg-based Man­i­toba Un­der­dogs Res­cue (Mur).in­set photos at right show No­bel on a short leash with vis­i­ble sores. The pet-res­cue group is look­ing for do­na­tions to help pay vet bills for No­bel and other an­i­mals they save.

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