Puppies Discovered with Rubber Bands on Mouths

April Livingston | September 20th, 2018

When a pipe burst in a housing complex in Wichita, Kansas a maintenance worker arrived to fix the problem. However, the moment he entered the apartment in question he realized things were not as they seemed. In fact, things seemed to be quite wrong. When he entered the apartment, there was an awful stench in the air. He also noticed there was a crate in the corner of the room and there were two puppies inside. They were around seven months old and were clearly in distress, but mysteriously were not making any sound in their crate. There was urine and feces pouring out of the front of the kennel and when he investigated he noticed the dogs had something around their snouts and their noses were red and swollen. He wasn’t sure what to do, but knew he had to do something. So, he contacted the Wichita Animal Action League and Sarah Coffman hopped in her car.

Wichita Animal Action League//Facebook
Wichita Animal Action League//Facebook
Wichita Animal Action League//Facebook

Sarah brought animal control officers with her and entered the apartment to seize the puppies and take them straight to a veterinarian for much needed medical care. The dogs had tiny rubber bands, typically used in women’s hair, wrapped very tightly around their snouts to keep them from barking or crying. The result was devastating: the dogs had very swollen, irritated snouts and noses. While the rubber bands had only been on for less than 24 hours, the dogs were still very much in pain.

Wichita Animal Action League//Facebook
Wichita Animal Action League//Facebook

Because of the swelling, veterinarians used forceps and scissors to carefully remove the rubber bands which was clearly painful for the little puppies. The good news? They did not suffer permanent damage from the ordeal and are expected to make a full recovery. The puppies are now healing in a foster home and have names: Westley and Debbie. They are safe now, and rescuers are thankful that something as simple as a broken pipe led them to the dogs who were so desperately in need of help.

Next Article
  • Dog Mom Raises Kitten

    A tiny kitten named Nala was found alone, abandoned in a dirty alley. A neighbor heard the kitten’s cries and took the kitten to the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) in Spokane, Washington. The kitten had not truly known the love of a mother, but two moms would help her to grow. Because...

    Read More
  • Dog Reunited With Family After Years On Street

    An animal shelter in the Ukraine took in a very unique dog recently. The large dog had bright blue eyes and was quite large, but it was clear he had been on the streets for some time. That time had been rough on the big dog and he was emaciated and his coat was taken...

    Read More
  • Naughty Pup Comes With Instructions

    As any dog owner knows, dogs do not come with instruction manuals. Just like people, every dog is different and their owners work to figure them out as they grow older and time goes on. But thankfully, a sweet puppy named Hank comes with instructions thanks to his owner. The adorable golden retriever puppy belongs...

    Read More
  • Obese Beagle On Weight Loss Journey

    Wolfgang the beagle, despite being homeless, has always been a happy dog. Unfortunately, he is also so overweight that his life restricts him from doing most things other dogs can do with ease. Wolfgang is sixty pounds overweight: a dog of his breed and size should weigh around 23 pounds and Wolfgang weighs nearly 90...

    Read More
  • Puppy Learns How To Use Stairs From Brother

    A two year old dog named Bowie lost his leg several months ago after ongoing health problems. After the leg was amputated, Bowie had to learn how to navigate the world all over again. His family helped him along the way, and he soon found creative ways to move around, including how to go up...

    Read More
  • Lost Dog Reunited With Family

    A dog named Leo went missing from his home in Turkey two months ago and his family was absolutely devastated. They spent those months searching everywhere for their beloved dog but they had no luck finding him. But soon, that changed completely. The son of Leo’s owner named Sertac Arac was in a nearby town...

    Read More
  • Tech Company Builds Dog Lockers

    In Seattle, Washington there have been some very unique looking dog houses popping up outside of local grocery stores. They are lockable kennels and they were invented and built by a technology startup company that knows dog owners will be skeptical, but they say the invention is a great way to keep your dog safe...

    Read More
  • Puppy Found In Dumpster

    When taking a bag of trash to a nearby receptacle, we typically just throw the bag into the garbage can or dumpster without really thinking about it. It’s just a daily activity that typically is not very memorable. But recently a Good Samaritan was doing just that: taking a bag of trash to the dumpster....

    Read More