Shepparton Group seeks support for rescued puppies
Two puppies rescued from a mine shaft are now in the care of Shepparton Animal Rescue and Rehoming, and an appeal has been launched to help defray the costs of rehabilitating the dogs.
Levi and Evie, aged around 12 months, were found in a mine shaft in Tarnagulla, west of Bendigo, on August 17 when their cries were heard by passing cyclists, who alerted local authorities .
According to a Gold FM radio report, the dogs were “just skin and bones” when they were retrieved from the well. It is not known exactly how they ended up at the bottom of the well, or how long they were there.
Now the puppies have been placed in the care of Shepparton Animal Rescue and Rehoming where they will begin their journey to find their ‘forever home’.
“These beautiful dogs have a long way to go before they are ready for adoption,” said volunteer Jess Miles.
“They’ve been through a lot of trauma over the past few weeks, and possibly longer, so there’s a lot of work to be done with them.”
Dogs will need to be visited by a behavior trainer to ensure they are safe, as well as ongoing visits to the vet to ensure they remain healthy.
“They showed signs of aggression towards other dogs and cowered when we put our hands over their heads, so it’s going to be a long road,” Ms Miles said.
Shepparton Animal Rescue and Rehoming receives no government funding and is run entirely by volunteers.
“We are a group of around 20 volunteers who have a strong love for animals and want to help them as best we can,” Ms Miles said.
“We are entirely dependent on donations and sometimes have to use our own money to support these animals.
“That’s why we’re asking for help from the community, so we can give these puppies the best possible care.
“Our costs are already adding up very quickly, and it will likely cost at least $10,000 to support Levi and Evie, so any help is really appreciated.”
Financial donations, as well as donations of food, blankets or toys, are needed for Levi and Evie’s recovery.
Donations can be made via the Shepparton Animal Rescue and Rehoming Facebook page.