An animal rescue group based in Naugatuck has helped save a toy poodle who was abandoned and needed a leg amputation, but the nonprofit is struggling to cover the cost of the little dog’s medical expenses and is asking for donations to help foot the bill.
The poodle, who’s being called Merlin, was found wandering in the Dayville section of Killingly on July 5, according to the Northeastern Connecticut Council of Governments (NECCOG) Animal Control department.
Animal Control officers advertised the poodle in an effort to find his owner, but when no one came forward, they contacted Poodle Rescue CT, a nonprofit organization based in Naugatuck.
Poodle Rescue CT picked up the dog Wednesday and started nursing him back to health. They were forced to amputate a back leg, which lost circulation when it became entangled in his badly matted hair, neutered him and treated his rotting teeth, according Daryl Masone, a spokesperson for the rescue group.
Merlin, who weighs just over 5 pounds and is 6-8 years old, is recovering, and Masone said she hopes to ultimately put him up for adoption. Poodle Rescue CT is looking for donations to help cover the cost of Merlin’s medical expenses. Masone said the group has already received about $1,400 in donations but is still in need.
You can donate to help Merlin by logging onto www.poodlerescuect.org. Donations can also be sent to the following places:
Poodle Rescue CT
P.O. Box 188
Naugatuck, CT 06770
Dr. Cheryl Sackler
C/O Beacon Falls Animal Hospital
45 Pine Ridge Road
Beacon Falls, CT 06403