Bird of prey snatches, 'rescues' stray poodle
May the poodle was found on the grounds of a Canadian nursing home, apparently dropped by a bird of prey.
May 17th, 2011
11:23 AM ET

Bird of prey snatches, 'rescues' stray poodle

If you're a small dog, you'd probably think that being snatched by a bird of prey and whisked into the sky wouldn't be the best thing that ever happened to you.

So you've gotta hear the story of May the toy poodle.

May plopped onto the grounds of a British Columbia nursing home May 2. The nurses at Shorncliffe Nursing Home in Sechelt found the creature in very poor condition, with deep gouges on her back and multiple broken ribs, according to the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The deep gouges told rescuers how she got there: clutched in the talons of a bird of prey. The dog had no identification and other maladies that led rescuers to believe she was a stray.

“In addition to the claw marks on her back and the broken ribs she sustained from the fall, all of her nails were so long they had grown into her paw pads and her teeth were badly decayed. We don’t know how long she had been wandering without care, but she was obviously very neglected. It’s ironic, but this bird may have saved her life,” Shannon Broderick, branch manager of the Sunshine Coast branch of the BCSPCA, said on the organization's website.

Shelter workers named the poodle May because of the day she was found.

“It’s an absolute miracle that she survived, and we want to do everything we can to help her,” Broderick said.

A local veterinary hospital took care of May's broken ribs and torn paw pads, but the SPCA is seeking donations to cover approximately $3,500 (U.S. $3,580) in dental work.

Check the SPCA's website here for information on how you can help.

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  1. Really?

    shamel- don't ever get a pet! the problem with people is that most of us are too selfish to fully care for another living being. It's the sad, pathetic truth.

    May 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Martin

    The bird kills its prey by dropping it from a height. The dog was not supposed to survive the fall, it was intended to be eaten later after it had died.

    May 17, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • kathy aBC resident.

      Martin, Birds of Prey don't kill their prey by dropping it, they kill it when it is grabbed in their talons. Their talons peirce internal organs such as heart, lungs, liver, eye, causing massive trauma and internal bleeding not to mention the force of the strike.

      May 17, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • conventgirl

      Martin, you are incorrect. Kathy in BC is correct.

      May 17, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Alex

    Bravo to the SPCA. THIS is why they are my sole beneficiary on my will. At least I know my money will be used for good things and help a worthy cause. My relatives would probably squander everything anyway.

    May 17, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • rch1559

      Alex, if you mean the local SPCA, bravo! However, if you are talking about the national group, please look closely at their agenda and track record. I don't know what you think about hunting, but they are actively against it, for instance. Only a fraction of the donations are spent on projects like the one in the article. And, take a gander at the salaries.

      May 17, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. StupidDog

    Poodles are the most annoying dogs ever. They should have just put it down. Dogs are not humans so don't even try and compare them. People seem to be more concerned about stupid animals than human lives these days. All the peta people need to go back to the cave they came from. This dog would have made a tasty meal for that bird!

    May 17, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • rch1559

      I disagree. Think of how many of the nursing home residents will have their lives improved.

      May 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zuzu

      You are an idiot. StupidDog. In case you forgot, animals are not evil, people are. Ted Bundy, O.J. Simpson, Hitler, Stalin, you ... yep, all human. Animals kill to eat and survive, people kill people all the time and it's usually not because they are hungry. Humans know better but rarely do better.

      May 17, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger27

      Relax! Since you are so much better than all of us here, why aren't you out there helping all these more deserving people instead of complaining abot this little dog? If you can't feel sorry for a helpless little creature then don't give us that cr### on how concern you are about people!! Seriously, calm down! Why so angry? Did you mama choose her dog over you? Get help dude!

      May 17, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • birdsofprey

      AMEN! and ucking fugly at that!

      May 17, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jo

      You just proved why people prefer animals.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jackie

    Bird of prey, flying high... flying high.

    May 17, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Faloofalla

      what is your point?

      May 17, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Al

    British Columbia and bad teeth; where is the irony here.....seems she was destined to be there.....

    May 17, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Al- British Columbia is not in England, time for you to go back to school.

      May 17, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wow

      John, that is hilarious stuff

      May 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al

      John; who is to say that I wasnt speaking of them.....but thanks for your slam.....

      May 17, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • conventgirl

      Al, what an ignorant idiot you are........your mother must be so proud.........

      May 17, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tully

    Small wonders happen every day and this is one case. This beautiful little dog should be named (or renamed) Miracle and deserves a good second life.

    May 17, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Yes... God forbid if it would have been a rat that escaped. No one would have given a crap. However since its a dog, which some people value more than human life, we have people losing their minds. Poodles and these bread dogs serve no purpose to the ecosystem other than a tasty meal to an apex predator. I feel more sorry for the bird than I do the dog.

      May 17, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • God

      I hate it when people post about how its just a dog. Well your just a human. I value your life the same as I would any living thing. Why do humans feel like they are worth more? Maybe its religion? Maybe fear? Maybe just plain stupidity? Regardless we all die and end up rotting away all the same. Anyway cute dog.

      May 17, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rolly Fingers

    I always heard the expression, "raining cats and dogs" just never actually saw it happen until now.

    May 17, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cati

    Some of you people are real ****** ******* **** ** *******!!!!!!!!!!!! Decode if you're able.

    May 17, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Nacho

    Thank heaven they saved the little thing. For all of you people who feel "it's just an animal" pay attention to this quote from MLK – "Never never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our souls when we look the other way". Guess you have no soul.

    May 17, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      Nacho, it's ironic that you quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I was just discussing his "I Have a Dream" speech with someone today. That's a beautiful quote. Thank you for posting this as one nice comment amongst several nasty ones. Whoever this Jason person is needs to get a life and not reply to stories he has only cruel things to say about.

      May 17, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. A-man

    If you are moved to donate – think of volunteering at your local shelter. Every town has an overload of animals that have been discarded. Some wonderul creatures there.

    May 17, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jo

      I work at a shelter, and boy, do we ever! OLDER ANIMALS PEOPLE!! PLEASE!!

      June 8, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. A. Non

    Too bad May's people had not the foresight or intelligence (or did not care enough) to have had her microchipped. If they had, May could have been reunited with them.

    May 17, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. LC

    Red Tail Hawks weigh between 1.5 and 4 pounds; several hawk species weigh less. Sounds like something else larger got ahold of the dog if it was carried any distance. Coyotes and bobcats routinely jump 6 foot fences in their search of prey. Great horned owls will take on a large skunk but can't fly away with it. ALL life is important, not just dogs, not just humans, not just hawks. Everything has to eat but I'm glad little May wasn't dinner this time.

    May 17, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dudley

      There's a plethera of bald eagles in the Sunshine Coast area. They take rabbits but i guess a poodle was too much.

      May 17, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. samiam

    Whether it be human or animal, ALL life is important and should be treated with compassion and kindness and we should (and must) do all that we can to ease any/all suffering....

    May 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. the_dude

    Some people get very upset when they realize that some pets get more love and affection than they did / do.

    May 17, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • conventgirl

      too true!

      May 17, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
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