Big news today in Texas: Millie, the dog who was dumped in a dumpster and left to die in San Antonio, is free! A volunteer with Lucky Lab Rescue and Adoption picked up the five year old yellow lab this afternoon from Animal Care Services.
Her story made headlines last week when Millie was discovered in a commercial trash bin on the West Side of San Antonio. She was curled up under bags of trash and pizza boxes. A good Samaritan found her and called Animal Care Services (ACS). Officers raced to the scene and pulled Millie out. The situation was grim: She was in critical condition, suffering from heat stroke, covered in flies and maggot eggs. Even ACS called it a “horrifying discovery.” They whisked her back to the City’s shelter and started her immediately on IV fluids and antibiotics, within a couple days Millie started to perk up.
When Lucky Lab Rescue and Adoption President Katherine Martin saw the news stories about Millie she notified her Texas crew to ask ACS if Millie could be a “Lucky Lab”, in her case the title certainly is fitting. The organization has saved nearly 1,000 dogs from animal shelters in the Lone Star State. Today ACS notified local rescue volunteers the dog was ready to roll, and as you can see in her “freedom photo” she appears to be smiling from ear to ear. Still a bit dirty from her ordeal, Millie looks quite pleased. Martin says, We are thrilled that the City allowed us to take this girl! She is so special with a special story and deserves a special home. Lucky Lab Rescue will make sure that’s what she gets!”
The rescue brought Millie to the vet and turns out she is “very high heart worm positive”, which can be fatal if not treated. She will start to undergo a treatment that will kill the worms gradually and she will be closely monitored during the process with X-rays and blood work. Her “foster mom”, Holly, is thrilled to help her, “She has a super sweet demeanor, still timid but she wants to trust you. She rides well in the car and even walks well on a leash.”
The rescue says you can watch their Facebook page for update’s on Millie’s story. If you’d like to make a donation toward her care go to www.luckylabrescue.com/donate, the rescue also set up a “YouCaring” online fundraising account for her to treat her heart worm.
When she’s recovered she will be put up for adoption, though some members of the rescue are making wagers that Millie may become what’s referred to as a “foster fail.” That’s when a foster adopts the dog they’re caring for. Don’t be fooled by the word “fail” in that term, it’s always a huge success and celebration.
San Antonio Animal Care Services Cruelty Investigators are still looking for anyone who may have information on how she got dumped in that dumpster and left to die. The ask City residents to call 3-1-1 if you have tips that could lead to who is responsible.