A pet owner in New York has been left in a pinch by her veterinarian after a week-long absence, as the vet is having difficulty finding suitable housing for her and her five dogs.
“I’m a busy person, but this is the first I’ve felt like I was alone in a week,” Amy Silliman said.
“It’s been a tough week.”
Ms Sillim’s four-month-old Labrador, Chucky, is in the veterinary care of Dr. Robert Stirling at the New York Veterinary Clinic.
The Labrador has been confined to a room at the clinic, and it’s not clear whether she will be able to leave the house for the duration of her quarantine.
The vet’s only available hours of operation are Monday to Friday, from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
“We’re having trouble finding suitable living spaces,” Dr. Stirling said.
“[Ms Sillimbans] has had to be confined in the room with her dogs.”
While Dr. Sillimmans is “happy” to be home, she’s been unable to leave her dogs in the home or feed them properly, and has found herself having to take her dogs for walks or for exercise at the shelter.
“When I first got home from work, I noticed the dogs had stopped running and I started seeing them laying on the floor,” Ms Slliman said, explaining that her dogs have been sick for weeks.
“In my mind, it’s been like a ticking time bomb.” “
Ms. Sllim said she was left with little to do but watch the dogs as they lay on the ground or in the shelter, and not see her own dogs for a few days. “
In my mind, it’s been like a ticking time bomb.”
Ms. Sllim said she was left with little to do but watch the dogs as they lay on the ground or in the shelter, and not see her own dogs for a few days.
“This is the worst time of the year for pets, but also for us,” she said.
Dr. John Vlietenborg, the vet’s director of animal health and veterinary services, said the lack was due to the dogs being confined to the room for too long.
“What we have seen with these dogs, they are more susceptible to disease than other animals,” Dr Vlio told ABC Radio New Zealand.
“There are many other factors that can come into play.”
The vet also said the shelter is “doing everything we can to try and keep Chucky safe and secure.”
Ms Vliatensbould said she is worried that if Chucky gets sick and cannot be discharged from the shelter she could suffer a life-threatening disease, and then return to her home to become sick again.
“If she gets into a situation where she cannot do that, then she is likely to become a very contagious disease,” she told ABC.
The shelter is looking to find more suitable housing, with one owner wanting to move out of the building.
“The shelter will be looking at how we can get some new space, to get a space that is more appropriate for Chucky,” Ms Vlovietenbould told ABC New Zealand’s Breakfast.
“That could be in a building that we’ve developed, or possibly a building in a neighbourhood that has some sort of pet housing.”
The shelter has been able to find housing for the animals due to its “one-stop-shop” for vets to help people find the right place for their animals, Dr Vloviol said.
The veterinarian said she had been approached by more than 10 people interested in helping, including an individual who wanted to buy her a house.
“People are saying ‘You know, I’ve got a Labrador, and I’d like to help.’
They are coming in, saying ‘What are your pets doing?
You can’t leave them out in the cold,’ and I’m not saying that’s true, I’m saying people are being a bit more generous,” she explained.
“But what we are trying to do is try to find out what kind of homes [people] might be willing to give us, so that we can put some resources behind us.”
Ms Hinton, who is also a pet owner, is still unsure if she will still be able be in New Zealand by the end of the quarantine.
“Honestly, I have no idea what I’m going to do,” she admitted.
“You can’t really tell what the outcome is, or where you’re going to be.
A spokesperson for the New Zealand Veterinary Association said they were “supportive” of Ms Sills needs, but they have “no choice” but to find a way to help her. “
Every one of these animals are so precious to me, and there’s so much love for them.”
A spokesperson for the New Zealand Veterinary Association said they were “supportive” of Ms Sills needs, but they have “no choice” but to find a way to help her.
“As a veterinary association