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May 2, 2013

Buffalo veterinarian performs a life-saving surgery at no cost to the SPCA of Niagara

Buffalo veterinarian performs a life-saving surgery at no cost to the SPCA of Niagara

Niagara Gazette — First, the feisty little Pomeranian insisted on sitting on a reporter’s lap. 

Then she barked, repeatedly, until he petted her.

At first glance, you’d never know how close to death little Teddie was just a few weeks ago.

But thanks to a loving foster family and a caring Buffalo veterinarian the little bundle of furry fun, already rescued from a Lockport puppy mill, has a new lease on life.

“It’s been pretty busy around here,” Cindi Stricklin said as Teddie, her mother Gracie and sister Sophie, all bounded about her Town of Lockport home about a week ago. “It’s nice to see them having fun.”

Stricklin said she and her family already had two adopted cats in their home, when they heard the news about a raid on a local puppy mill in early February. The SPCA of Niagara rescued 64 dogs from the squalid conditions of a Royal Parkway South home and whisked them away to their Lockport Road shelter in Wheatfield.

The large number of dogs created a serious overcrowding problem at the shelter and Sticklin asked a friend who was a volunteer there, if there was some way that she could help.

“She said to just go to the shelter, so we did,” Sticklin said. “They asked us if we could take a mom and her two pups home and foster them. They wanted to get the pregnant and nursing moms out of there.”

That’s how Teddie, and her family, arrived at the Stricklin home. But it wasn’t long before the Stricklins realized something was wrong with Teddie.

“We had her about two weeks and we just noticed that she wasn’t keeping up (with Sophie) and she was tiring quickly,” Stricklin said. “She would play with Sophie and begin to breathe heavy and rapidly.”

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