Thursday, January 12, 2012

A post from me about a dog named Miley.

Hello.  My name is Aleta and I'm a volunteer for National Mill Dog Rescue.  I have written a lot of posts for NMDR, but this one's got me stumped.  So, I will step out of the role of NMDR's occasional online voice and write this one solely as my own.

I received a message yesterday from one of our devoted foster families.  It hit me hard.  When something happens to any of the dogs or volunteers, it happens to all of us.  National Mill Dog Rescue, all dogs and people, are a family.

Miley
Kelly, one of the most caring foster mommies a dog could ever ask for, was charged by an aggressive American Bulldog yesterday.  Kelly was out walking her two Chihuahuas - Greta and her foster dog, Miley.  As Kelly's heart leaped into her throat, in an instant, she discovered it was not her suffering the attack, it was little Miley.  Before I scare the heck out of you, please know that Miley is alive and will most likely make a full recovery (at least physically).

The American Bulldog came off its property.  It was unleashed and unfenced.  There is no question that Kelly is traumatized and will be haunted for a while.  Unfortunately, she will carry the brunt of the gory details alone, as I will spare you from them here.  The end result was that Miley was slashed - from one shoulder, all the way to the other.  Kelly believes that Miley’s harness saved her throat and her life.  The bite marks in the photo of her harness are too numerous to count.

Miley's harness - a lifesaver
How on earth Kelly pulled it together to get Miley to the emergency vet is beyond me.  But she did it.  Kelly, and the team at the closest veterinary hospital she could find, saved Miley's life.  This is a photo of Miley yesterday afternoon....


I'm not going to end this post with any words of wisdom, as I don't have any.  I am shocked.  I am baffled.  And, personally, I am a little disheartened with karma at this moment.  Something's just not right when a sweet little soul like Miley survives 6 years in a puppy mill and fate deals her a hand like this. Yesterday was supposed to be a non-event of a selfless foster mommy simply taking her dogs outside for some exercise.

I have donated my time and I have poured NMDR's heart into over 300 posts here throughout the years.  I'm going to ask for your help now.  I would never ask except I have already done both myself:

1)  Post a comment after this blog post or on the facebook thread supporting Kelly and Miley and offering encouragement and well wishes to her and her family (she is an avid reader of our social media channels).
2) Donate a few dollars to Miley's care if it's at all possible for you.  I did. Miley's emergency vet bill was over $1,300.  Kelly feels terrible about NMDR having to cover the cost and also donated a chunk of change herself.   Her doing that makes me feel awful.  Please help just get this vet bill covered today so the cost issue quickly becomes a non-issue.  Having Kelly even think about that absolutely kills me.

Thank you for reading this post, donating a little to Miley and for supporting NMDR no matter what hand fate deals our little dogs.  I don't understand why this happened.  All I know is that it's truly is incredible that Miley survived and there has to be a reason.

35 comments:

  1. I would think that poor little Mileys' attack happened under the heading of 'shit happens', not karma (too early to get into the Indian Karma vs. Western Karma). Poor thing....is their the possibility of suing the other dogs' owner to cover vet. costs? After all, a police complaint should demonstrate that this was a loose dog. I would see about an attorney, maybe on a pro bono basis (?), taking on this case & making an example of the owner. If their were serious consequences to letting a dog run loose, not so many would be.

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  2. Kelly has filed charges against the dog's owner. We'll keep you updated if anything comes of that.

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  3. I am speechless as to how or why something like this could happen to anyone, much less a sweet little girl who has already been through so much. I offer my sympathy, for it's all I have to give, and I'll pray for little Miley's recovery, as well as Kelly's. You do wonderful things, Kelly, by taking these dogs into your home. The care you show your foster babies proves you're the best mama any puppy could hope for.

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  4. I fostered Miley's kennel-mate, Jackson, so she has a special place in my heart. She is such a sweet little soul, and has the cutest face ever. So sorry this had to happen, people need to keep their dogs under control. Too many times we dog walkers get charged by an unleashed dog, it is a receipe for disaster. All the best to little Miley and Kelly.

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  5. Poor little sweetie. I just made a small donation...wish I could give more! Please give her a lovie from me and all the other people here who are praying and sending good thoughts for her recovery!

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  6. I would hope the owner is going to pony up the $$ for the e-vet bill. afterall, their dog attacked hers.
    Here's wishing healing thoughts for Miley and better days ahead for her and her foster family.

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    1. I meant the Bulldog owner, not Kelly. Just wanted to clear that up. Thought faster than I typed.

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  7. I may be mistaken, but I'm quite sure the bulldogs owners, Homeowners Insurance, can be held liable for the Vet bills caused by their dog. Best of luck and Thanx for all your great work!

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  8. My thoughts are with you, Kelly and Miley. Your story has touch me deeply. Some things just don't make sense, no matter how careful we are. Sending love and healing energy your way ♥

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  9. Despite this event, Kelly must stay strong and keep up the amazing work she does fostering these babies. She is an inspiration:)
    Get well soon Miley!

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  10. What makes me so sad is that the am-staff lovers are trying so hard to have a better image for their dogs and then one stupid person goes and blows it. Unfortunately I believe the dog should be put down. It will attack again.

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    1. It was an American Bull Dog not an Am-Staff.
      Maybe I am wrong but to my knowledge and I can be corrected but they are not the same breed.

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    2. You're correct. They're entirely different breeds. Unfortunately, most people can't tell the difference between one blocky headed dog and another. :)

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  11. God bless little Miley and Kelly. Things happen that we cannot stop. Kelly's quick thinking saved little Miley. God bless you Kelly for you willingness to take these beautiful little creatures into you home and your heart.

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  12. Its not your fault Kelly......Donating now....
    Lets all donate a little something so they dont have to worry about insurance right now.......skip that cup of coffee today....

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  13. This has happened to two of my little dogs/fossters - my question is - why will a big dog who obviously is not threatened by a little dog lunge and attack this way??? Does anyone have any insight into this?

    Cheryl

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  14. So sorry Kelly! As a fellow foster mom this touches my heart. I also foster a chihuahua and know how it feels to see them move forward each day in trusting. I'll be sending happy thoughts your way! As for the bill, small claims court should fix that. (have you asked the owner of the dog to pay?)

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  15. Really upset seeing the wee dog in recovery. Just want to cuddle it and comfort it.
    Dogs all have their ways and will more readily attack small dogs if it is part of their character. However, it should then be the owner's responsibility to put into place anything necessary so that their dog will not endanger another.
    If you can, please get some national publicity to campaign for owners to only have a dog if they are capable of both loving and it looking after it as it needs to be. There are too many dogs attacked in parks etc and the owners just couldn't care less.
    Miley, please recover quickly and heal fully.x

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  16. Poor Miley -- donating! NMDR is such a wonderful cause. Too bad some pet owners are so irresponsible. Thank God for people like Kelly!

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  17. I'd recommend to file a claim against the homeowner of the attacking dog in small claims court for the emergency bill as a peaceful resolution. A more aggressive approach would be to file a civil claim for treble damages plus attorney fees.

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  18. An awful situation, but luckily Miley has a loving place to regain her strength and Kelly can love those two little ones back to emotional strength.

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  19. I have a rescue chi/pug and foster for a local rescue in TN. Kelly, please know that it is your quick thinking that saved Miley's life. Also, your's and Greta's. This attack could easily have resulted in 3 deaths. It will take a lot for all three of you to get through this experience. Tennessee is sending you lots of love and prayers for recovery and peace!!!

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  20. kelly i so feel your pain - last year my little yorkie was standing in his own garage watching me clean and out of no where a pit bull came and grab him and i grab a shovel and got him to drop him - like you said they do go for there necks and he grab mine and started to shake it - to me it is no different than protecting one of my children - well like you i totally figured he was gone but i grab him up and took him to a vet down the street and by Gods Blessing that little pup came out of it with a broken leg and bites on his neck-- i was so amazed how the love and dedication of animals survives the most tramatic events - unlike miley my pup has never been in a mill or abused. my pup had troubles with being scared but never showed it and he even played so much he re- broke his leg (little stinker) and had it repaired again . i never had to sue the owner because she totally took responsiablity for it and paid everything and had her dog put down - i am trying to put together a little donation and all my prayers to you kelly and miley -- huggggs

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  21. Kelly and Miley are saints. Here's to a speedy recovery and hoping that bulldog and owner can be rehabilitated via professional help. :-)

    -cp

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  22. Wow I am so sorry to here this I know how awful dog attacks can be. I miss volunteering at NMDR which it has been hard since I just had a baby, but I got to help take care of Miley and she is a sweet heart I am SOOOOO glad she is going to be ok. But I agree with alot of the comments the bulldogs owner needs to be responsible and kept on a leash or in a secure yard. Anyway I did donate a little so if the owners of the Bulldog ponys up you can use it for what ever NDMR needs it for. Thank you and miss all you guys. When Samantha gets older I will bring her out to visit all the pups. Brenda

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  23. poor baby. Me and my fosters just sent a small donation. wish we could do more. by all means go after their insurance and them to get paid!

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  24. I don't do Paypal and would like to send a small donation to NMDR. I can't send much but if everyone would send what little they can it would really help. What is the Address? Along with that I will be praying that Miley makes a full recovery and is not mentally scarred for life.

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  25. Kelly - God Bless you for what you do. PLEASE do not blame yourself - you and Miley were in the wrong place at the wrong time. The owner(s) of the dog who attacked are 100% at fault here and it was just a matter of time before somebody got attacked. Miley is in good hands and has every chance of making a full recovery physically; the trust will return over time with YOU being there to guide and help her just like you did from Day One. YOU are the one she trusts - stay strong for her and show her again how much she is loved.

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  26. Sending up many prayers for Miley's full recovery and prayers for Kelly in hope that she understands that she did all the right things.

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  27. I have shared this on my fb page and we will donate in memory of our mill dog luci who passed a couple of months ago. Thank you for the work you do and for saving her life.

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  28. Consider it done! Poor little baby...and thank God for Kelly who got her to the vet on time. Love to her too!

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  29. This is so sad. I have worked in the animal business a long time. I have had several neighbors approach me about a certain dog in the neighborhood who attacked their dog. They never reported it to the authorities because it was always the dog's "first offense". Well after getting the neighbors together on this it turned out it was the sixth attack on a neighborhood dog and a torn open calf on a human neighbor. Finally a report was made. The dog in question now must keep his pet on a leash... if not the authorities will mandate a muzzle when outside. Then... remove the dog to a better home. I urge all people to report any and all insidents. The owner of the attacking dog should pay but meanwhile I am sure funds are needed. This is so sad.

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  30. The owner of the American should also step as it was their fault for not having the the dog fenced or at least tied. Kelly keep your chin up!! Miley WILL recover and with a such a SUPER foster mom she will be able to lead a full and healthy life! Prayers are being sent your way for BOTH of you!!

    LinAnn

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  31. I am SO sorry that this happened to the poor little girl. A few years ago, I was walking my 20lb rat terrier (on a leash) and a 110lb shepherd mix broke free of the 10 year-old boy who was holding her and attacked my dog. The adult owner was standing there and did nothing to help. I laid down on the ground and put my legs between the shepherd and my dog (not the smartest thing to do in hindsight but I really thought she was going to kill him). The owner FINALLY sauntered over and got his dog off mine.

    We pressed charges and they ended up paying our vet bills and were required to get training and never to let their son be in charge of the animal again. Hopefully, you can get some restitution for the vet bills.

    Hang in there, Kelly. I know how scary it is and how guilty you feel. But on a happy note, Ranger (my dog) bounced back just fine and is no worse for wear. Dogs are resilient and I'm sure Miley will be back to her normal self very soon.

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