According to Tena Petix, humane officer for the city, a six-month old puppy of pitbull mix who goes by the name of Bentley was thrown into a lagoon along with his brothers and sisters (eight puppies in all).
Saved from the lagoon, he survived along with only two others. According to Petix, all of the puppies were taken to a veterinarian for treatment with Bentley being the one who was in the worse condition. Suffering from infections on his body and eyes and a problem with his front legs, he stayed on a little longer with the vet. His siblings were adopted out after treatment.
During this time, the humane department in Kennett posted information about Bentley on several rescue sites. Eventually, he was chosen by a rescue near Gurnee, Ill. The rescue, known as Second Hand Snoots, read about the condition Bentley was in and decided to help by taking him in.
Petix noted that state law requires that a health certificate has to be issued by a veterinarian and the animal's health must meet the requirements. A rabies shot is also required.
According to Petix, Dr. Billy Embrey with the Ken Mo Veterinary Clinic which is located on the North By-pass, was able to treat Bentley until he was well enough to travel and added that many generous donations have come in from the area to the Ken Mo Vet Clinic for Bentley's medical bills.
After Bentley was certified well enough to travel, a network of pilots that volunteer for "Pilots for Paws" was contacted. Petix noted that a pilot out of St. Louis, Mo., Todd Smith, along with his daughter, Harper, volunteered to fly to Kennett and pick Bentley up and transport him to Bloomington, Ill. Once there, Bentley was picked up by a limousine driver by the name of Ray Baruth and took him the rest of the way to his destination.
When asked her comments, Petix said, "It is amazing how many good people there are across the United States that will help save our animals. We appreciate the help that Kayla Gozell, Todd Smith, Harper Smith, Mr. Ray Baruth, Second Hand Snoots, and Dr. Embry, [and] Ken Mo Vet for your help in saving another life. It takes us all doing our part. Without the help of our community and the donations of food, money and bedding we could not do what we do. Animals like Bentley would be another sad statistic. [The] Kennett Humane Department is thankful to everyone that shows support for our animals. You can find us on facebook."
If anyone is interested in helping an animal or needs more information, contact the Kennett Humane Department at (573) 888-4622.
* Some of this information was sourced from material from the Kennett Humane Department and its Facebook page.