Abandoned dogs outside Prince George SPCA had porcupine quills on their faces

The two sisters needed emergency veterinary care after being tied up outside the North Cariboo animal shelter overnight.

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Saki (left) and Asha (right)
Saki (left) and Asha were cared for by vets after being dumped outside the North Cariboo BC SPCA animal center with porcupine quills on their faces. Photo by BC SPCA

Two young husky cross dogs that were tied up and abandoned outside the North Cariboo SPCA animal center in Prince George recently had porcupine quills lodged in their faces.

BC SPCA says two-year-old sisters Asha and Saki were found by staff arriving for work in the morning and the dogs were clearly distressed and fearful.

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“Sometime overnight, the two dogs were tied to the picnic table in front of the animal center, just out of range of our security camera,” Kristen Sumner, manager of the North Cariboo animal center, said in a statement. communicated on Tuesday.

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When the workers arrived around 7 am, “the fearful dogs started crying and cowering by the table. As the staff got closer to the dogs, they noticed the quills protruding from their mouths and knew they had to take Asha and Saki to the emergency vet clinic for treatment.”

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Asha and Saki were found by staff at the North Cariboo Animal Center in Prince George after being left there overnight. Photo by BC SPCA

Saki had chewed on her leash during the night, but she stayed by her brother’s side despite being in a lot of pain.

Both dogs had porcupine quills lodged in their gums and nostrils, buried deep in the tissue, Sumner said. “Saki had injuries all over the side of her face and she required sedation to remove the spikes and infected tissue on her neck and jaw.

“Asha also required sedation to remove the spikes from her nostrils and gum lines that were infected. The vet found a large abscess on the top of her muzzle from a feather that had become lodged in the roof of her mouth.”

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The dogs also needed vaccinations, deworming drugs, and had to be spayed.

Saki outside wearing cone
Saki during treatment with a protective cone. Photo by BC SPCA

Despite the trauma, Sumner said the dogs “are such sweet little girls. We think they are sisters because of their appearance and their age.

“Even though they were abandoned and experienced so much pain from the spikes, they greet people by shaking their butts,” Sumner said. “They can’t wait to see you and say hello.”

The dogs will remain in the care of the SPCA until they are fully recovered, when they will be available for adoption. Anyone who can help Asha, Saki and other animals in need should visit medical.spca.bc.ca.

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