Little Lance, the dog who nearly a year ago was beaten, shot and thrown from a moving vehicle, has been adopted! He is nearly fully recovered and will have an amazing life in his new home in Nob Hill. This is Little Lance’s story:
UPDATE 8/1/08: On Friday night, August 1, Oakland police responded to a call of two injured dogs on the side of the road. When they arrived, one dog—a female, miniature pinscher—was dead, and a small male mixed breed dog was lying on the ground severely injured and in pain. Neighbors in the area said they had heard several loud gunshots, a car door open, then a dog screaming, and the sound of a car racing off. A local resident stated that she went outside immediately after she heard the commotion and found the two dogs in the gutter.
The female dog was examined by an Oakland Animal Shelter veterinarian and was determined to have died from a gunshot wound to the neck. Her back leg and spine were also shattered. The surviving dog is currently being treated at the Oakland Animal Shelter at 1101 29th Ave. He has a broken back and pelvis and a possible gunshot wound to the neck. He will need further surgery to wire his broken bones back together and a foster home in which to recuperate.
”The attack on these dogs was extremely vicious,” says Adam Parascandola, Oakland Animal Shelter director. “Not only were these dogs shot and thrown from a car, but the massive trauma to both dog’s spines and legs leads me to question if they were also previously beaten. It is clear that whoever is responsible for this crime is capable of extraordinary violence.”
UPDATE: 8/12/08 – Noon: Little Lance is going to need an MRI, multiple x-rays, intensive surgery to insert a plate into his back, and further surgery to hopefully salvage his injured leg.
UPDATE: 8/12/08 at 8:00pm We now have enough donations to cover the cost of Little Lance’s MRI, which he needed before surgery! Berkeley Dog and Cat Hospital in Redwood City will be doing the procedure at 2:00pm tomorrow.
UPDATE: 8/12/08 at 8:35pm: Little Lance is doing really well–the veterinarian was able to decrease his pain medication, so he is more alert and showing Shelter staff his sweet personality. Little Lance is even giving kisses, sitting up, and wagging his tail!
UPDATE 8/13/08 at 11am: Pet Food Express has just donated $4,000 for any information on the identity of Little Lance’s abuser(s), which brings our total reward offered to $5,000.
UPDATE 8/13/08 at 1:00pm: An Oakland Animal Services volunteer arrived at the Shelter to take Little Lance to his MRI appointment in Redwood City. After being placed into the volunteer’s car, Little Lance stood up and tried to jump out of his crate. He yelped in pain when he sat back down, but his verve and mobility is a very encouraging sign!
UPDATE 8/13/08 at 5:00pm: Little Lance is back from his MRI in Redwood City. When I opened the car door when he arrived back at the shelter, I was surprised to see how perky he looked. He was sitting up and very alert. I took him to the vet room and fed him (he wasn’t allowed to eat until after the MRI), and he gulped his food! (He’s only been willing to eat canned cat food, which we allow him to have since he needs to put on some weight.)
UPDATE 8/13/08 at 7:00pm: For current video of Little Lance, go to [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/v/txeLx0zgaCg&hl=en&fs=1]
UPDATE 8/14/08 at 12:00pm: The East Bay SPCA has contributed $5,000 to the reward fund for a total of $10,000 for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for killing and injuring the two dogs.
UPDATE 8/14/08 at 1:45pm: We sent Little Lance for his surgery today. His MRI results showed that he has severe spinal chord compression. The surgeons will be shaving off a portion of his vertebrae to relieve the pressure. The MRI showed that the pressure is causing him to be fecally incontinent; we hope that with surgery this will be resolved. They will also be stabilizing his pelvic fracture with a plate, neuter him, and fix his badly swollen eye. Little Lance should be returning to the Shelter tomorrow afternoon.
UPDATE 8/14/08 at 7:00pm: Little Lance’s surgeon just called and said that the pup’s operation went really well! Little Lance had a large bone fragment removed from his spinal canal in addition to the top of his femur bone. He will stay at the veterinary clinic for two to three days while they monitor him. See video of Lance after surgery.
UPDATE 8/15/08 at 12:00 pm: I just talked to Lance’s surgeon, who said that he is doing quite well! Lance had significant spinal chord compression from the large bone fragment that was in his spinal canal. Luckily, none of the root nerves had been cut by the fragment and remain intact, so there is hope that the damage will not be permanent. It is now a waiting process to see if Little Lance’s body can completely heal so he can regain the full function on his left side, along with urinary and bladder continence.
His left rear leg was also very damaged. Although they performed surgery on his leg, it is likely he won’t regain his full range of motion. He will need significant physical therapy to heal.
UPDATE 8/16/08 at 4:00 pm: The veterinary clinic called today to give an update on Little Lance. He’s doing really well and they have been taking him outside for potty breaks–he’s even able to put weight on his back legs! He really perks up when he’s outside and actually seems happy and excited. We are concerned that he is still fecally incontinent, but he will continue to receive physical therapy every two hours. We are so thrilled that generous donations from the public made Little Lance’s surgery and post-operative care possible!
UPDATE 8/18/08 at 12:00pm: I spoke with Little Lance’s surgeon today and she said he is doing incredibly well! He’s apparently been trying to run! He is not wanting to put weight on his back leg, but that should get better with physical therapy. She said he’s a total lap dog and just loves attention. I’m going over to the clinic to visit him and will bring back photos!
Also, we are planning a press conference about Lance on Friday, August 22nd from 9-10am.
UPDATE 8/22/08: Little Lance had a big day today! He was featured in a Press Conference at the Shelter to provide an update on his condition. His veterinarian, Dr. Kim Carlson, brought him to the Shelter for the first time since his surgery. He’s walking and looking fantastic…so different than the dog who was unable to sit up and was in so much pain just a few weeks ago! After the press conference, we took Little Lance to his new foster home. He was very excited when he got there and checked out the entire house and yard. His foster has two dogs and one of them is a little min-pin, like the female he had been with who was killed. Little Lance has his first physical therapy appointment next week.
UDPATE 9/3/08: Little Lance in his new foster home – VIDEO.
UPDATE: 10/1/08: Little Lance came in to the Shelter today with his foster mother, Nadine, for a visit with the Shelter vet. It was incredible to see how well he is doing! He is actually standing on his bad leg and almost putting weight on it! He is still wearing a diaper because of incontinence, but that’s starting to resolve.
Little Lance giving kisses to his vet, Dr. Jyothi Robertson
UPDATE: 12/25/09 – Little Lance at home with his foster family on Christmas:
UPDATE 12/29/09: Little Lance visits the Shelter and plays with a new friend Ethan:
UPDATE: Little Lance has been adopted!!! Here is a note his new family sent to us from Little Lance – “I made it safely to my brand new home. I was a bit nervous on the car ride but stuck close to my new Dad. When we got home, I got to go out on my new roof deck. After we settled in, Dad took me on a long walk to Lafayette Dog Park and Alta Vista Park. I met lots of new friends and walked like a champ! The busy City streets didn’t seem to bother me one bit! Dad also says I’m a quick hill climber! Now I’m at home resting in my bed (see attached)-it’s been quite a day! Love to All, Little Lance”
Press Release from the Mayor’s Office Regarding Shut Down
OAKLAND ANIMAL SHELTER WILL NOT CLOSE DURING CITY’S MANDATORY BUSINESS CLOSURE
Oakland, CA — Mayor Ron Dellums announced today that the Oakland Animal Shelter will be exempt from part of the mandatory business closure scheduled for December 24, 2008 through January 5, 2009 to protect the welfare of animals and the community.
“It was always our intent to maintain staffing of the Oakland Animal Shelter during the mandatory business closures so that neither the animals in our care nor our community would suffer,” said Mayor Dellums. “Still, I applaud staff and the animal welfare community for coming together to arrive at a creative solution that balances the need to sustain the vital services provided by the Oakland Animal Shelter with the economic reality that we must cut costs to close a $37 million budget deficit.”
The Oakland Animal Shelter will remain open as usual on the two weekends during this holiday closure period, as well as Monday, December 29 – Wednesday, December 31, 2008, when other City facilities are closed. The Oakland Animal Shelter will close on all the remaining, regularly scheduled mandatory business closure days in 2009, and may close on an additional three (3) Fridays spread out over the remainder of the fiscal year (through June 30, 2009).
Oakland Animal Shelter Schedule During Citywide Business Closure
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Reason for Closure
Citywide Mandatory Business Closure
Citywide Mandatory Business Closure
“This is really a win-win solution,” said Adam Parascandola, Director of the Oakland Animal Shelter. “We are grateful to the many animal welfare and advocacy organizations as well as community members who have committed their support and resources to help us through this difficult period and ensure that animals don’t needlessly suffer the ravages of the economic crisis the City is facing. I am pleased that we will be fully operational on all the days we are open during the holiday period.”
Times are tuff! Sometimes bad things happen to really great dogs. The recent housing crisis means some families are being forced to give up their lovely dogs – many of them pit bulls.
To help this new influx of out-of-luck dogs, Oakland Animal Services, in cooperation with BAD RAP, is eliminating the adoption fee of pit bulls and pit bull mixes for the months of November and December!
To be eligible for the $1 promotion, adopters must:
1. Fill out a questionnaire
2. Attend an orientation (see below)
3. Agree to a Home Visit
4. Attend one training class
5. Get their “coupon” signed off / approved
ORIENTATIONS will be held at OAS Every Thursday evening in November / December from 6:30-8pm. RSVP at OAS or email@example.com. Volunteers are welcome to attend to learn more about owning a pit bull.
Rabbits in their new home at the Oakland Zoo:
OAS is working with the Oakland Children’s Zoo to educate the public about rabbits. The recently renovated Zoo has a very large “bunny” habitat. The area is located on a hill and has a large amount of space for them to burrow and an indoor unit for night time housing. OAS has many rabbits and will be providing 8 to 10 spayed/neutered bunnies to the Zoo to live in this beautiful enclosure. The Zoo will post information about OAS and encourage people to adopt a bunny from the Shelter rather than getting one from a breeder. The enclosure contains signage about what pet bunnies need, including lots of space, toys, and dietary requirements. The Zoo has also offered to allow OAS staff/volunteers to provide “rabbit care” workshops at the Zoo on a regular basis.
OAS will be sending 11 bunnies to the Zoo. Nine of these bunnies were stray rabbits that were captured by Oakland Animal Shelter volunteers at Laney College in Oakland. They will all get a chance to live together again at the Zoo. Here is a photo of them before being captured:
This weekend a US Fish and Game Department employee came to visit the Shelter with her dog “Cooper” who she had adopted from the Oakland Animal Shelter in 2006. She trained “Cooper” as a detection dog to detect the transport of illegal wildlife. He was then accepted into the US Fish and Game Department detection program!
Oakland Animal Services is overstocked with dogs, cats and rabbits! We have so many that we’re offering up to 75% OFF our regular adoption rates on already spayed & neutered animals thru September!
Already spayed / neutered:
- Dogs are $39.99
- Cats are $19.99
- Rabbits are $29.99
Adopt one rabbit or cat and get one free!
And that’s not all!!! The adoption fee includes spay/neuter, microchip, microchip registration, vaccinations, 30 days of pet health insurance, and one free vet exam!!!
Download adoption-special-clearance-sale2 brochure here. Help us advertise this incredible special!
Oakland Animal Services “Community Outreach Program Manager” – Megan Webb is featured in a series of videos on puppy care.