Finding the owner of an unidentified, male Poodle mix dog nicknamed ‘Buddy’ has been unsuccessful so far despite a media awareness blitz since last week.
But there has been one positive development in Buddy’s story as the dog is doing much better health-wise and is now under the care of the Kelowna SPCA.
Despite the local media coverage, the owner of the dog has not been identified. Until yesterday, Buddy had bee under the care of the regional district dog pound staff.
But under the RDCO Dog Regulation and Impounding Bylaw No. 366, if a dog is not claimed within 72 hours of coming into the care of dog control, the regional district assumes responsibility for the dog.
“We’re surprised that Buddy’s owner hasn’t come forward, but want to thank everyone who has contacted our dog pound staff for their concern since we began publicizing the dog on Friday afternoon,” said RDCO communications manager Bruce Smith.
“There have been offers of financial support for medical care as well as people willing to adopt the dog. Since a new owner will be needed, the regional district has transferred the dog to the care of the Kelowna branch of the B.C. SPCA, which will at an appropriate time facilitate adoption.”
In 2013, the regional district has transferred over 50 unclaimed dogs to the SPCA for adoption.
The dog was initially picked up late last Friday morning by dog control staff after receiving a call from a Hein Road resident that the dog was in their backyard and was bleeding. It suffered head and shoulder injuries, thought to be the result of being hit by a vehicle.
“We want to assure everyone that from the outset, the dog has been receiving appropriate and constant care at a veterinary clinic. It received initial treatment to stabilize and help it rest comfortably and on Friday evening on the advice of the RDCO veterinarian, underwent further surgery to fix its damaged shoulder and facial injuries,” Smith said.
“The great news is that we understand the initially suspected facial fracture was not as serious as had been thought and the dog is doing much better, allowing the transfer to the SPCA.”
When the dog was found it was wearing a black nylon collar, but unfortunately there was no license to help identify it and reunite it with its owner. As well, despite several checks, no tattoo or a microchip were found.