“Husky Case” dogs show signs of improvement – but there are more in need

The nine dogs brought to Better Together Animal Alliance (BTAA) earlier this week as part of an active investigation by the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office are showing signs of improvement. This is thanks to the lifesaving veterinary care being provided at BTAA and generously funded through community support. 

“We have a treatment plan and everyone seems to be on the uphill swing,” Devin Laundrie, BTAA operations director, said. “This is with the exception of one dog. Sugar, who was the first dog we received, is in stable condition but will have a long road ahead of her. We believe she was a week to days away from dying based on her condition when she arrived.” 

Sugar, like many of the other dogs receiving care at BTAA, is being treated for lower gastrointestinal issues where parasites and bacteria, such as E. coli, are the main contributing factors. With these dogs on the mend, BTAA is now working to treat any dogs that are currently being cared for in the community. Due to the severity of infection, it is vital that any dogs that may be part of this case be seen for medical treatment.

“Sugar is a great example of why each of these dogs needs to be evaluated and treated,” Mandy Evans, BTAA executive director, said. “We are expecting to treat anywhere between 15-30 dogs in total, both at our facility and in homes throughout the community. We are urging anyone who may have one of these dogs at home to contact us or bring them in so they can receive the care they need. They are welcome to continue to keep the dogs at home, but they need to be evaluated for similar infections.” 

As each dog progresses, they will move into a foster home for about two weeks, complete with a care package containing a leash and collar donated by EzyDog, blankets, toys, treats, food, and any necessary medical supplies. The dogs will continue receiving medical support and observation by BTAA’s medical team and may need ongoing care for some time. 

“We are so humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support,” Evans said. “We are continuing to fundraise and ask for food donations, as we know there will be more dogs coming to us in need of care and supplies. If you haven’t already, please consider making a donation.” 

Those wishing to donate food, of which the shelter is in urgent need, can drop it off at food-donation bins located at Yoke’s, Super 1, Petco, and North 40 in Sandpoint and Ponderay. Donations can also be made online via the animal alliance’s Chewy wishlist at bit.ly/btaawishlist and shipped to the facility.

To donate to the online fundraiser, visit mightycause.com/story/btaa.