After several puppies were rescued from filthy conditions in Scottsdale last week, the officer who responded to that scene is giving one of them a forever home.
Scottsdale Officer Stacie Gryzenia described how she found four puppies in the back of a Jeep at Scottsdale Fashion Square.
“No food, no water, and the kennel back there was actually filled with feces and they were covered in it, as well," said Gryzenia.
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"These little puppies when they came into us, did go to our trauma hospital where they spent the last 10 days," Arizona Humane Society spokeswoman Brett Nelson said. "They were very sick little puppies."
With the help of the Arizona Humane Society, they’re now healthy.
"I love dogs. I love animals. I felt so bad for them," Gryzenia said. "You could tell they were cold. You could tell that they needed help."
From the moment Gryzenia laid eyes on the puppies, she knew she wanted to take one home, but the adoption fee of $700 was more than she could afford.
"It is expensive," said Gryzenia.
"Everything, from all of their care in the trauma hospital, their spay or neuter surgeries, vaccines, microchip, all of the animal care that goes into them, the laundry, the feeding -- you name it -- costs us about $1100 for each puppy," Nelson explained.
Gryzenia shared her story with Arizona's Family, and Friday morning, thanks to an anonymous donor who paid $300, Gryzenia was able to pay the remaining $400. She gained a new member to her family, with an extra special place in her heart.
"My grandfather just passed away on Tuesday, so I’m going to name him Eddie after him." said Gryzenia.
More than 11,000 sick and injured homeless animals receive care from specialists at the Arizona Humane Society's trauma center each year. Click here to donate to the Arizona Humane Society.
Statement from the Arizona Humane Society
We want to take this opportunity to help our community better understand the structure of our adoption fees.
Our adoption fees start at $50. For some dogs, they’re much higher. This helps cover a portion of the cost of care of the 17,000 sick and injured pets who come through our doors each year. We do this, also, to encourage adoption of our older dogs, who once would spend days or weeks in kennels, while puppies are adopted immediately.
Our average cost to care for a homeless pet has risen to $910, nearly tripling over the past four years due to an expansion of our medical programs. Our donors, supporters, volunteers and adopters make this care possible and we thank them. We are also thankful to Good Samaritans, like Officer Gryzenia, as their efforts are critical in helping to bring sick, injured and abused pets to AHS’ trauma hospital for the care they need. Of the 17,000 pets who come through our doors each year, 70 percent require treatment in our trauma hospital.
These puppies, who were very sick, are the norm in regards to the homeless animals we treat. Joey was so sick that his medical care while at AHS was nearly $1,200, roughly $300 more than the average cost to care for each pet we take in and we are able to do so at a fraction of the cost of a private veterinary hospital. Joey’s care included 10 days of treatment in AHS’ trauma hospital, Parvo testing, Giardia testing, fecal testing, treatment for Giardia, treatment for Coccidia, food, shelter, neuter surgery, vaccines and a microchip.
A generous benefactor covered a portion of the adoption fee for Officer Gryzenia. We are grateful for both the donor and the officer.
We welcome folks to schedule a behind-the-scenes tour to see our lifesaving work in action.
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