Puppy Found Unconscious at Lowell Folk Festival, Now in League’s Care
The League has offered to provide care, training and safe haven to this special puppy saved by Lowell police and a pair of Trinity Ambulance EMT‘s after being dragged behind her owner on a leash at the Lowell Folk Festival on July 28. When the police found the puppy, now named Ramona, she was unconscious, laying on her side, with her eyes rolled back in her head – she was barely breathing.
Despite her horrific experiences, Ramona is a very spirited pup. Her internal strength is probably what helped her survive the tragedy of her abuse on the day of the Lowell Folk Festival. On the other hand, her feisty nature also means that she is a very exuberant and energetic puppy who could use a little “good manners 101” when interacting with other dogs and people.
It’s possible that Ramona was taken from her brothers and sisters and mother too young, because she does not know how to appropriately behave with other dogs. Additionally, we do not know what other abuses she may have suffered during her young life that shape how she behaves with people today. She lunges at other dogs and does not know simple commands or show any sign of listening to people.
To help Ramona get on the right track we’re immersing her in daily play group with other dogs, and individual training, using positive, reward based training while she is still young enough to learn during her critical impressionable period (up to four months of age).
We know Ramona is smart and has a good nature. By giving her some “total immersion” training over the next few weeks and a lot of TLC, we hope to help shape her into a confident, well socialized dog who will be a safe, family dog when she grows up to the big dog that she is going to be! After a couple of weeks of training, we expect that she will be able to move to a foster home where she will live with another dog, continue her positive training and learn how to behave in a home setting.
As you may know, we operate the Center for Shelter Dogs, which is at the forefront of improving quality of life and behavior for dogs in animal shelters throughout the country. The programs we provide for our dogs’ entertainment can be found on the Center for Shelter Dogs website.
Court actions can take a while, so we are not sure when or if Ramona will be available for adoption. Anyone wishing to help support her care and other dogs like her can donate now.