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.

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