Veterinarians help after Louisville tornado
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 1:00 AM
Philadelphia veterinarians and support staff have been treating numerous injured animals, including horses, in wake of the EF-4 tornado which left a path of devastation through Winston County on April 28.
Liz Phillips of Northside Animal Hospital said though their clinic has sent many animals back to their owners, they are still treating several others.
Phillips said the clinic is mainly treating horses, but they have also treated dogs, cats and cows.
Dr. William Mars said even though he has seen worse, two of the horses he is still treating were severely injured.
"One of the horses had a tree limb that punctured through his chest wall while the other sustained lacerations on its left hind leg from barbed-wire," Mars said.
"They looked rough. When I went to Plattsburg to see about them, I even told the owners that euthanasia is an option."
Dr. Mars said the horses still have a long way to go, but they are healing fairly quickly.
"We clean out their wounds daily, but we are now just keeping them till their owners can build their fences back," he said.
Most of the clients lost everything in the storm, Phillips said, except for their animals.
"Their animals have been injured and we are doing anything we can to help out," she said.
Neshoba County Animal Clinic took supplies to Louisville Animal Shelter and the Noxapater Fire Department shortly after the tornado hit.
"What we saw was terrible," Elizabeth Froshe, the clinic's secretary, said, citing the destruction that the tornado left behind.
She said both places were full of dogs which were rescued and some had not been claimed by their owners.
"We took a couple of truck loads of feed and supplies," she said."They are sending a bag of food home with the owners when they claim their dogs.
"We are glad we were able to go take supplies to them. They really need our prayers."
Dr. Brian Hicks said his clinic also took supplies as well as treated animals.
"We went up there to take supplies. While we were there, I treated a few animals," said Dr. Hicks. "Mainly, it was like a dog that had a puncture wound."
Along with treating them in Louisville, Dr. Hicks has treated many animals including horses at his clinic on Holland Avenue. The worst case he saw was a horse with severe puncture wounds.
"The horse was badly injured and had fist-sized puncture wounds on its shoulders and hips," he said.