AUSTIN (KXAN) - For the first time in a long time, Princess, the Chihuahua, isfinally getting the royal treatment. Underweight and starved forattention, she now leads a life of luxury at the AustinHumane Society.
"Princess, for example, is very thin and underweight,”said Amanda Ryan-Smith, director of development and marketing atAHS. “She hasn't really gotten the nutrition that she neededwhen she was with her previous owners."
Princess and twelve of her roommates from Round Rock foundthemselves rescued by animalcontrol officers there because their owners didn't want to faceanimal cruelty charges. It was one of the largest animal seizuresin central Texas history.
"Some of them will involve oral medication,” said Austin UrbanVet Center’s Dr. Erin Homburg, who donated her servicesafter the seizure. “Others will involve surgery."
Spaying and neutering will come in the days ahead. Otherproblems included roundworms, neurological issues, heartconditions, hip problems. Homburg said she treated the team just intime.
"Some of them, unfortunately, probably would have passed awayfrom their conditions," she added.
While the effects of their medical neglect and inbreeding couldcontinue throughout life, AHS hopes Princess and the rest go on tolive those lives with owners who give them the care theydeserve.
"We just are here in a time of crisis like this to take thesedogs in and find them a good loving family,” saidRyan-Smith.
Some of the dogs will need to stay under the care of AHS for anextended period due to greater health problem. At least 10 of themwill be available for adoption this Saturday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.at 124 West Anderson Lane in north Austin.
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