MERCER CO., Ill. (KWQC) – A local veterinarian is helping to care for the 198 dogs seized from the property of a rural Sherrard woman.
Veterinarian Jermey Joy spent three days examining every pet rescued from Mercer County. The dogs received medications, updated vaccines and microchips.
Dr Jermey Joy said: “We saw a lot of conditions that needed treatment. I couldn’t tell you if they were on medication, but one of the biggest things was being very skinny, poorly nourished and dehydrated.
Another challenge he faced was gaining the dog’s trust.
“They weren’t socialized, never used to walking on a leash, as far as we could tell. We physically transported most of them 300 to 400 meters to the transfer vehicles.
Fortunately, several breed-specific rescues from states such as Ohio, Minnesota, and Wisconsin have crossed state lines to offer assistance.
Sarah Rebernick, vice president and adoption coordinator for Minnesota-Wisconsin Collie Rescue, commented on the different treatments collies should receive compared to other dog breeds,
“Breed-specific rescues understand the traits and issues that exist with the breed they are working with, so we are able to know what collies will need to be rehabilitated from a situation like this. Traditionally, they don’t do well in a shelter because they are very sensitive. We would like to help animal control here put them in appropriate situations where they can be in homes and be rehabilitated to get love. “
The status of the dogs is promising; Vet Joy says they are making progress: “You go to the paddocks now after a few days; you bend over. You have five of you looking for love. Food, water and love are powerful medicines.
There are more than ten collie rescue groups helping the dog recover in Mercer County.
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