Alfonso, a puppy around 12 to 18 months old, is recovering after being stuck on ice for four days. It is likely that he ended up on the Detroit River after a coyote chased him onto the waterway. Alfonso had to fend for himself and fight for his life until local citizens found him.
Jude Mead and his team from J&J Marine, a marine construction company based in Windsor, Ontario, came to Alfonso’s rescue via an airboat. The rescue effort was possible thanks to BASF Corp., a chemical company, that allowed Mead’s team access to the airboat.
Dr. Lucretia Greear, a veterinarian at Woodhaven Animal Hospital in Michigan, said that the Mead’s team bravely went to the small island where Alfonso was stranded to save him. The dog was hiding, and it was difficult to get to where he was because of the ice and frigid temperatures.
Patricia Trevino, director of the River Rouge Animal Shelter, brought Alfonso to Woodhaven Animal Hospital immediately after being rescued. The pup’s paw pads and scrotum suffered from frostbite. He was dehydrated and had developed pancreatitis. His fur also became heavily matted in the four days he spent stranded on ice.
Fortunately, Alfonso’s condition has vastly improved since he arrived at the hospital. Dr. Greear even said that the dog is a walking miracle. As part of his treatment, he underwent hyperbaric oxygen therapy and was given IV fluids. His fur was also shaved off.
To this day, Alfonso’s owners remain unknown. He had no tag or collar, and no microchip was detected when he was taken for a scan.
Dr. Greear added that that Alfonso is very loving and affectionate. He is a wonderful-temperament dog. More than anything, Alfonso is looking for companionship. He is confident around people and is just really sweet.
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