ROCKY MOUNT, Va. — On July 30, a good samaritan in Glade Hill happened upon a puppy laying in a dumpster. He knew that the animal was in distress, so he rushed it to Franklin County Humane Society, who then rushed him to The Pet Clinic of Rocky Mount when his temperature read only 90 degrees.
The veterinary staff went to work immediately and soon determined that he would need a blood transfusion. Luckily, a resident dog at the clinic named Thumper had given blood transfusions before and was able to donate to the lifeless puppy. Within moments, the puppy woke back up, opened up his eyes, and was eating food within a few minutes.
We got in touch with Director Anita Scott to get the inside scoop on their very own miracle puppy. Even though there is no way to know for sure, we asked her if she had any idea how he might have ended up in the dumpster. Scott replied that she thinks his owner saw how sick he was and left him there instead of seeking veterinary care, which could have easily helped him when he first became sick.
When she felt how cold he was, she knew time was of the essence. Even though they have their own clinic, Scott said they have a long-standing relationship with The Pet Clinic and take any cases they cannot handle to them. She described Dr. Eric Lorens and his staff as truly rescue-oriented and said they have helped them save many lives. Thumper, the blood donor, is considered to be a true angel and has helped save two other puppies before. She has a congenital heart defect that makes her blood super concentrated and when she came to The Pet Clinic, she was given only a few months to live, but has stayed with them for the past three years.
The miracle puppy was named Taurean by one of the staff members, because they knew he needed a strong name. A recent update on the Humane Society’s Facebook page stated that Taurean was in a “foster to adopt” home, so we couldn’t help but ask Scott about his potential happy ending. She said that the family has been a long-time supporter and recently lost one of their pets. They were touched by Taurean’s story and are hopeful that the adoption will happen. Scott and the Humane Society are hoping to post another happy update soon and we can’t wait to read it!
Watch a news interview with Scott here: