Dog hit by car, abandoned by owner, saved by Samaritans
by Anne Marie Fuller
May 09, 2014 | 3180 views | 5 5 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Noah’s Ark Foundation of Tracy is raising money to pay for a surgery that repaired the hip of Sweet Judy Blue Nose, a pit bull mix, who was hit by a car and abandoned at VCA Old River Animal Hospital.  Courtesy of Larry Hite
Noah’s Ark Foundation of Tracy is raising money to pay for a surgery that repaired the hip of Sweet Judy Blue Nose, a pit bull mix, who was hit by a car and abandoned at VCA Old River Animal Hospital. Courtesy of Larry Hite
After facing what seemed to be certain death, a young pit bull mix that had recently borne puppies is getting a second chance thanks to Noah’s Ark Foundation of Tracy.

The tale began last month when the dog, known today as Sweet Judy Blue Nose, was carried into VCA Old River Animal Hospital by a man claiming to be the dog’s owner. The animal had injuries consistent with being hit by a car, including a crushed pelvis. It was also learned that she had recently given birth to a litter of puppies.

“The owner said he had to leave the dog and go get money for the dog’s medical assessment and never came back,” Ned Jackson, medical director of VCA Old River Animal Hospital, said. “The dog had road rash, raw areas of skin and a crushed pelvis. We made several attempts to contact the owner at the number given but never heard back. We sent an abandonment letter to the address listed and no response. After 36 to 48 hours, we had to make a discussion. The dog was suffering. It was determined to end her suffering and she was scheduled to be put down. That’s when Noah’s Ark Foundation of Tracy stepped in and offered to help.”

“I just fell in love with this dog,” Larry Hite, founder of Noah’s Ark Foundation of Tracy, said.

Hite, a veterinary technician student, was at Old River the day the dog was brought in. “When we were cleaning her up, I actually saw a tear come down her face. I’ve never seen that before. This dog was in a lot of pain, and I think she knew it was going to be the end. I told the dog that I wouldn’t let her die.”

The dog was sent to Sacramento to have her surgery performed by a board-certified surgeon. The cost of the surgery was about $5,000. Within days of the surgery, she was able to walk slightly with a sling.

Hite secured a benefactor to pay for the needed surgery and started fundraising through Noah’s Ark Foundation of Tracy to pay back the full amount. A donation site was set up under the Go Fund Me site.

“Shortly after her surgery, the dog was returned back to us,” Jackson said. “She made great progress. Within a week of her surgery, she could stand and support her weight. I’d say that was pretty good. She can now walk on all four legs. To this day, no one has inquired or claimed the dog.”

In addition to finding a way to pay for the surgical costs, Noah’s Ark Foundation of Tracy has found a home for the dog. Last Saturday, Sweet Judy Blue Nose was adopted by a Livermore resident.

“I’m convinced that God was in here making sure things were happening,” Hite said. “With each deadline given for this dog, someone came through to help.”

Through fundraising efforts and private donations, Noah’s Ark Foundation has been able to raise almost $3,000. The foundation is still short of the $5,000 goal needed to recoup the surgical costs.

Noah’s Ark Foundation can be found at Larry Hite can be contacted directly at 740- 7211. Donations can be made through

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May 22, 2014
I think there is something really screwy about a country which executes billions of animals yearly for our consumption, but would spend this amount of money to save a dog. Sadly, we also breed cows to feed the dogs.

Leave the animals alone. We don't need to abuse them at this time in our history.

Stop feeding the cows to the dogs.

USDA slaughter stats 2008

Cattle: 35,507,500

Pigs: 116,558,900

Chickens: 9,075,261,000

Layer hens: 69,683,000

Broiler chickens: 9,005,578,000

Turkeys: 271,245,000

May 22, 2014
victor_jm, I respect your opinion but keep in mind that saving this dog's life was done through the kindness of a wonderful non-profit (Noah's Ark Foundation) and the heartfelt kindness of many donors who truly care about animals like Sweet Judy Blue Nose.

At no time were any government funds used to provide any aspect of her life saving procedures.

The other animals you mentioned are all feed animals and are bred, raised and slaughtered for the purpose of feeding a growing population. Government funds are used to regulate the care and handling of those procedures.

If you are truly concerned about the use of funds contributed by donors to local non-profits you should get involved in those non-profits and try to make a difference that way.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts as it really helps everyone to know where you're coming from.
May 22, 2014

My point was actually about the different values we place on the animals we use for our selfish purposes, whether as possessed animals you keep at home as a "pet" or butchered animals you keep in the fridge as food.

We are biased toward particular animals, and those animals are brutalized before they end-up on your plate.

My attitude is this: leave the animals alone; stop breeding them for pets, for food, for entertainment, etc. Do you really suppose a horse wants to have a bit in its mouth and a human on his back? Also, do you suppose the cow values its life as much as a dog? The fact is, in spite of these observations, you could not care less about animal injustice, because you are bound by cultural dictates and you really haven't thought deeply about the matter. There are other options, but you won't ever consider them. The tradition is too ingrained in your brain.

May 22, 2014
I understand your point victor_jm, however, I choose not to agree with you. I do not think we brutalize those animals, I think we utilize those animals to sustain our rapidly growing population.

If the values we place on domesticated animals here in the U.S. is not to your liking, there are many other places in the world where different values are placed on the same species. Maybe the U.S. is not the right place for you to live.

You can always move to a place where cows, chickens, turkeys and pigs are considered sacred and allowed to roam freely; but my guess would be that you wouldn't be willing to give up your creature comforts, your freedom of expression or your ability to roam freely here in the U.S.

So the short of it is, I appreciate your opinion, I just tend to believe what the people, who saved the poor dog's life did, was a wonderful thing and I choose to thank them for what their actions.
May 22, 2014
My perspective isn't about moving to some place where people don't brutalize the animals they eat. If I had to eat an animal to survive, I would, but I don't have to. Think about potential human consciousness now and what it was for many of us thousands of years ago. Obviously, there were many disenfranchised people and critters. In some sense, I think our technologies have liberated us from the need to "enslave" particular species for our selfish purposes. This earth wasn't created just for us. Again, I look into the eyes of a cow and into the eyes of a dog, and they both say the same thing to me: "Set me free."

We go out of our way to over-breed animals (and have screwed with their genetics) and then we encage them. A backyard is a cage. You have accepted dog ownership as natural, necessary, and normal. It is why your demographic gives these animals the power of therapy--because of your latent guilt. I always tell myself, if in good conscience you can allow one animal to live in luxury while another must perish in squalor, your charity toward any animal is more truly about your vanity, supported by a twisted metaphysics, than about truthful honesty.

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