Mindy and I went back and forth on this decision but sometimes and animal just touches your heart, as does their story. When we heard Curley the goats story it touched our hearts. Below is the email we received that touched us:
Curley is a gentle sweet soul and against all odds has survived a vicious intentional dog attack while working at Spring Grove Cemetery. (The goats were there to eat the weeds and put in a secure pen at night.) According to her previous owner she and her sister were orphans and were bottle fed through the winter. The man who had her suspected though that she is much younger since she was not quite weaned in March.
The attack took place on the night of 21 Mar. Where evidence indicates a person walked a dog up to the electric fence enclosure at midnight and placed the dog within the enclosure and directed an attack on the goats for over an hour. Curley and 5 other goats (all under 3 years old) were severely wounded in the attack. Shirley and Prince Charming died later that week from their injuries. Dixie, a mother-to-be, was mauled over 40% of her body and was entangled in the fence that was still generating 7000V for another 7 hours until the gates were opened and staff arrived.She lost her baby, but is recovering well.
Curley's spine was badly damaged as well as her hips and muscle tissue on her hind legs. She was also entangled in the fence and shocked for 7 hours. Her initial assessment was very grim and not expected to last the night. Curley was immediately taken to a local vet and given anti inflammatory and given heavy antibiotics for 10 days. Her sprits remained high but she had no movement or feeling in both hind legs - she did still have twitching in her tail and could still evacuate her bowels and dribble urine. Since then her attitude has been fantastic and her status has improved. She has been able to spend some time in a wheelchair for a few weeks now and also been in a "johnny jumpup-type" apparatus for physical therapy. She can also "walk" on 2 legs for short distances, but this is extremely hard on her front legs and stomach muscles and has to be very limited to direct supervision. Curley is very smart and has figured out that if she wrecks her wheelchair, she can get more attention - which she craves.
Right now she sleeps in a dog crate near the other goats so they can touch noses but they cannot knock her over. She requires continuous supervision when in her sling setup or the wheelchair. She gets PT several times a day where the hardened scar tissue from the attack is broken down and her muscles and tendons are stretched. She now can wag her tail, spurt urine instead of dribble, and slightly move her back legs. She has regained some feeling now so the PT is quite painful. Her open wounds are healed now (the deep punctures and tears could not be sewn because of the bacteria in dog bites) one wound on her thigh was to the bone with exposed muscle tissue. SILVER NITRATE IS AWESOME!.
Curley is a perfect ambassador animal that craves human contact and loves to be touched. There was overwhelming support from the community and the goats required over 120 hours of care in the first week alone NOT counting volunteer efforts! I have put my business and family on hold until the goats no longer needed critical care. Stitches have been removed, open wounds are all closed. Daily shots are no longer required. Physical therapy and deep tissue healing remains. While we love Curley, we know that a sanctuary may be able to provide her with more attention and care that she deserves. Please let us know if you are able to adopt her. If so, I would like to tour your facility. Please call me if you have any questions.
Above was the original email, since then Curley has shown some improvement before arriving here at Sunrise. One of her back legs is showing some functioning. She is better with her wheelchair and getting around in her stall.
She arrived today. She will be working in the therapy program, while we continue with her therapy. There will be a lot of posts coming so everyone can follow her progress.