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‘She was nearly dead’: Puppy clinging to life after found nearly frozen in Manitoba

Demi the puppy was found nearly frozen in a northen Manitoba community. She is slowly recovering but is in need of veterinary care. Manitoba Underdogs Rescue

WINNIPEG — A five-week-old puppy is clinging to life after being found nearly frozen in a northern Manitoba community.

Demi, a husky-shepherd mix puppy, was found Sunday afternoon by a “concerned local citizen” in the area. The person gave the puppy to Manitoba Underdogs Rescue volunteers who happened to be in the community to feed and pick up stray animals.

She was rushed nearly three hours to Winnipeg for emergency veterinary care.

“I’ve never seen a puppy recover after being that cold,” said Jessica Hansen, executive director of Manitoba Underdogs Rescue.

“I thought she was going to pass away in our arms on the drive to Winnipeg. She was nearly dead. We snuggled her into the chest of one of our volunteers, wrapped her in heat packs, and put some corn syrup on her gums to try and increase her energy levels. She was just so tiny and helpless. It broke our hearts.”

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When Demi arrived at the vet, her body temperature was so low it didn’t even register on a thermometer, Hansen said.

Demi is now living in an incubator for the next few days, to keep her warm. She is improving, but Hansen said she has a long recovery ahead of her.

Manitoba Underdogs Rescues expects her treatment to be expensive, and are calling on donations, which can be made on their Facebook page.

 

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