ORANGE COUNTY, Florida. – Husky Haven of Florida, a Winter Springs nonprofit that focuses on rescuing Siberian Huskies, helped rescue a six-week-old puppy after suffering a seizure.
According to the group’s Facebook page, the pup, nicknamed “Cooper,” was brought to Mitchell County Animal Rescue in North Carolina by a backyard breeder.
Husky Haven said Cooper had a seizure that lasted about two hours and the breeder – instead of taking him to the vet – took Cooper to the shelter to be euthanized.
“It’s going to be tough for (breeders) to sell them if they have a crisis,” said Francia Vogini, president of Florida’s Husky Haven. “And instead of paying money and getting the puppies treated, they just take them to the shelters and ask that they be put to sleep.”
The shelter opted to take Cooper to a vet, rather than let him be euthanized.
After making sure the dog was taken care of, Cooper’s doctor in charge took the pup home for a weekend to make sure he had no more episodes, the rescue told News 6.
While Cooper recovered, Husky Haven said he lost his sight due to the seizure.
“The puppy is visually impaired. We don’t believe he’s completely blind,” Vogini said. “But he falls on things and walls and that kind of stuff. So we believe he sees shadows.
The shelter that had taken Cooper to the vet was full, so they arranged for Cooper to be sent to Husky Haven.
Vogini said Husky Haven is used to hosting Huskies like Cooper because filling shelters has become a common trend.
“People are losing their homes or going back to work, and these dogs have nowhere to go,” she said. “So one of the reasons North Carolina reached out to us is that we actually have experience with Huskies that have medical issues.”
According to Vogini, the trip was anything but short; Cooper endured a drive to Georgia and another drive from there to Florida.
Once Cooper reached Jacksonville, Kurt Manthei — a private pilot who has flown rescue dogs before — flew Cooper to Orlando on Sunday.
“That’s a lot of steps to save a life,” Vogini said. “But if we hadn’t done that, the chances that someone else could (help)…second chances are very slim.”
Vogini said Cooper was taken in by a foster family in Orlando, where he received “lots of love and attention.”
She added that Cooper has not had any other seizures, although they plan to have him evaluated by a veterinary hospital to make sure he is okay.
For more information about Husky Haven of Florida or to learn about adoption and placement opportunities, visit the group’s website here.
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