According to Tena Petix, Kennett animal control officer, she was recently dispatched to a house where a dog, who now goes by the name of Ruby, and is of pit mix was reported to have its' head stuck in a fence. Petix noted when she arrived at the home, she was met by an elderly gentleman who explained that he was able to get the dog free from the fence but she had run off.
When Petix went to look for Ruby, she found her at a home across the street. Petix noted that the dog was very scared and was pregnant. She was able to pick Ruby up and transport her to the Kennett Humane Department building.
Right away, Petix began searching for a rescue who would take the dog in and her "soon to be born" puppies. The Sunday following the incident, Petix was contacted by Ms. T.C. Wagner who is with "Wright Way Animal Compassion," who was interested in taking Ruby in.
A time was agreed upon and on Monday, Dec. 10, around 4:30 p.m., Petix and Police Officer Alan Campbell left Kennett with Ruby and headed out to Winona, Mo., to meet with Wagner. Later on that evening, Ruby gave birth to seven healthy puppies. Petix noted that she and her puppies will be cared for until they are eight weeks old. Then, they will be transported to Grahamville Ill., to a rescue group who will help them be adopted into "forever homes."
Regarding Ruby, Petix said, "It is amazing to me what amazing things happen [to] KHD animals.
Thank you to everyone that played a part in saving Ruby and her babies. The support we get from networking is amazing. We here at Kennett Humane Department have met a lot of good people from across the United States and have made a lot of good friends, and in return we are able to save a lot of animals. Donations from the local community play a major part in the KHD being a success. Donations of food, money for medical and bedding are always welcomed."
One other person in town who helps care for the animals that Petix brings into the department is Dr. Everett Mobley of the Kennett Veterinarian Clinic. Petix notes that there several dogs who will be leaving on Saturday, heading to rescue in Illinois. Dr. Mobley played a big part in helping these animals by treating them. Petix added that the department has worked with the rescue that will be taking these dogs.
"They have once again stepped up to help," she said.
Petix added that Rouse and the other dogs were at the Mobley's clinic to get a health certificate and shots so that they could be transported to Cape Girardeau, Mo., so they could be taken to their destination. This transport is coordinated through the Rescue Road Warriors.
"Rouse wanted to stop by the Furr Ball Tree before leaving," Petix said, adding, "The Furr Ball Tree is a Christmas Tree that the veterinary clinic puts up every year, hoping to receive donations for KHD." Continuing, she said, " We appreciate all that Dr. Mobley does for our animals.
Petix also recognized Kayla Gozell for her role in helping the animals by cross posting pictures of the dogs on rescue sites.
Ruby, Slicer, Ace, and Rouse are only a few of the animals that have been helped by the Kennett Humane Department and others in the city. The KHD is always willing to help an animal in need. If anyone knows of an animal who needs the department's assistance, contact Petix at (573) 888-4622.