Editor's note: A photo attached to this story shows injury to a dog, which some readers may find disturbing.
CARBONDALE — When Jackson County Animal Control Officer Lloyd Nelson picked up a black hound puppy in early September, the puppy wasn’t doing well.
“When I picked the dog up, it had an ingrown collar,” Nelson said.
The puppy was dropped off at an elderly person’s home, and that person tried to take care of the puppy. The person did not notice the problem with the collar.
Nelson knew the puppy would need to be treated by a veterinarian, so he called Creekside Veterinary Clinic. They agreed to take the dog.
Lora Jackson, Humane Society of Southern Illinois shelter manager, said the puppy, now named Drake, arrived at Creekside on Sept. 7. He had surgery on the laceration from his ingrown collar and was treated for an infection. A staff member at Creekside was able to foster Drake until he was well. His stitches were removed Sept. 20.
After his recuperation, he was brought to Humane Society of Southern Illinois and is looking for a family and a home.
“He was actually just neutered yesterday,” Jackson said on Friday. “So he should be ready to go soon.”
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Both Nelson and Jackson praised the staff at Creekside Veterinary Clinic for their care. They took a puppy with an unsure future and turned him into a healthy, adoptable pet.
“He’s a happy boy. You couldn’t tell that anything was wrong,” Jackson said.
Today, Drake is a healthy, active puppy who likes to chase toys. He is working on potty training and learning simple commands. Jackson said living in a shelter is stressful for puppies and makes training harder. She hopes someone who can spend time on training adopts him soon. Ideally, Jackson thinks an active home would be great.
“Black animals take longer to find a home, and he needs to grow up in a loving environment,” Jackson said.
“It’s a great dog with a great disposition. His story has a pretty happy ending at this point,” Nelson said.
The first step in adopting a dog from HSSI is to fill out an application. Adoption fees are $200 and include all his medical care, neutering and vaccinations. For more information, call 618-457-2362