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. A. Non

    In case someone reading this does not know about microchipping animals: The vet injects a microchip under the skin in the area between the shoulderblades. The chip contains a code, which can be read by a scanner passed over the area - similar to supermarket scanners. The code is registered in a central registry along with the name of the animal, its people and their contact information. Animals lost for years have been reunited with their people, who are sometimes thousands of miles away, through microchipping. The process is completely painless - I've seen it done 6 times with our 6 animals, and none of them even knew it was happening. Several years ago, we found a dog wandering along the road. We took him to the nearest vet, the vet assistant passed a scanner across the shoulder area, got a hit, and notified us that his people came for him later in the day. The process used to cost $50 - injection plus registry. This is a small price to pay for ensuring that your friend, if lost, and found alive, can be returned to his home. There have been proposals to do this with babies and small children, but have run afoul of PC indignation about privacy. (The chips could be easily removed under a local anesthetic when the child grew older.)

    May 17, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Gene Brady

    this is all very sweet and miraculous if you want very badly for it to be that way but the reality is that the dogs rotten teeth breath probably made the bird sick and it just simply dropped it for something better. Sorry to take you out of your euphoric dream state...

    May 17, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RW

    To Jason, and the others who think this is stupid because it's 'just a dog' .... here is my two cents...

    Until you have the ability to create something, you have zero right to hurt/kill it.

    May 17, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dover

    I thought Canada had free health care?

    May 17, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Margaret

    Jason, you need help! Did this poor, innocent animal ask to be a dog and be neglected? I don't think so! The world can certainly do without someone like you! You should be ashamed of yourself, but no doubt you are not!!!!

    May 17, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • nosferatu

      There's nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a dog.

      to paraphrase samuel clemens.

      May 17, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr Sarcasm

      I had no idea Samual Clemens ate dog fur. Thank you for the historic fact!

      May 17, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. volks

    Sechelt is close to Vancouver, BC, ( Al, close to Seattle ) and there plenty of bald eagles around, which I am sure picked up the little dog.

    May 17, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Nick

    The $3500 for dental work on this dog could feed family of humans for a few months, easy.

    I'm not saying the dog isn't worth saving, but if you have the money to donate somewhere, picking a dog's teeth over people eating seems a bit misguided...

    May 17, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • nosferatu

      Or the people could get off their fat *sses and get a job.

      May 17, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC-VA

      Sometimes animals are more grateful than humans.... If someone decides to send money to help thins dog, good for them, but don't sit around telling people what to do or not to do, when you probably don't do what you preach.. You are probably one of those that don't help animals or humans…

      May 17, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC-VA

      Thank You "nosferatu"

      May 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      But the dog is precious and important too. 6 billion people, soon 12 billion.

      May 17, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • JayZ

      Ill tell that to the starving people in the diamond mines in Africa, Nosferatu. You can explain to them why some toy poodle getting dentures is more important then then you getting a cheap and affordable engagment ring.

      May 17, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr Sarcasm

      Send the money AND the dog to Vietnam. They'll be eating like kings for weeks.

      May 17, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Hey, Nick, you could say that about ANYTHING one spends money on. The cost of your computer could feed the hungry. The cost of your TV at home could clothe the homeless. So what if somebody chooses to spend money to hep a dog? How is it ANY worse than any frivolous expenditure? FAIL!

      May 17, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rocky

    Yes, I 'm one of those who value dogs more than humans. Humans are flooding the planet and they're evil.
    (most of them). Dogs are perfect all the time. This is a fact.

    May 17, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC-VA

      Sadly, but I agree with you. I would help a dog before helping some ungrateful human any day of the week.

      May 17, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      That comment is insane. No matter what human life is just as important as the critters that live with us and at least the critters are not fricking up the planet!

      May 17, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • shane

      true that dogs are nicer than humans

      May 17, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • JayZ

      Thats cool. so I'll just take you out back and shoot you in the head, and feed you to ol' yeller.

      May 17, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rockin' 58

      Perfect, except the ones that attack for no reason and rip someone apart, usually a child.

      May 17, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      rocky, I like dogs and all, but you sound like a sociopath.

      May 17, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Rambo

      Rocky says the good words but Jim's "Critters" comments are reasonable too. But we are talking about just this dog today. Not as planet of the dogs. Thats an extreme view.

      May 17, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kenny

    I thought they had Universal Health Care in British Columbia.

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

      Just for people, not animals. But give the NDP a chance and....

      May 17, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. aizen

    it is just a dog and an eagle losing its lunch..i dont see what the fuss is about...in nature predator eat prey that is the way it has been since the planet was populated...

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

      No one is saying the bird did anything wrong. LOL. What is your point?

      May 17, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jack

    Har har ... looks like a lot of you took Jason's troll bate. Best thing to do is ignore people like him ... cause yeah, he is looking for attention.

    May 17, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kriss greenn

    That is one cute dog! I 'm happy to hear that she survived the whole thing.

    May 17, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lola

    That's a high bill for veterinary dental work. One of my dogs had teeth removed under anesthesia - it came to around $1k. Even if this dog is having all of her molars removed (surgery is charged by the minute, and molars have deep roots), the estimated bill is very high. The local vet comped the care for the dog's broken ribs, etc., but the SPCA seems to be using this dog for fundraising. Shame on them. Kudos to the local vet.

    BTW, the reporting here stinks. A dog that has nails so overgrown that they are curling into her pads has not been "wandering without care". She has been crated or otherwise confined. She may have come from a hoarding situation or, if she's intact, a bad breeder.

    May 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC-VA

      The dog is probably getting new dentures.. LOL...

      May 17, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • conventgirl

      Believe me, the vets on the Sunshine Coast will not be doing this for free. This dog is probably from an illegal breeding farm and ditched when she became too old to breed anymore.

      May 17, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bear Calvary

    lol You guys need to calm down, yes it's $3,000 for "just an animal", but this is Canada were talking about here (for you idiots who think British Columbia is in Britian LOL!). They don't have a $14 billion national debt, and 9.5% national Unemployment like the US does, I don't think buying a lil' puppy new teeth and ribs is a waste of money to them, especially when its combined donations. And don't get too heated over someone's ignorant comments, people have the right to their own opinions.

    May 17, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Skyler26

    To "Jason" and "God": your poor grammar shows all of us just how educated you must be.
    Here is a simple grammar lesson.
    A poodle is not a "bread", but rather a "breed" of dog.
    "Your" is used for the possessive pronoun, such as "your dog". "You're" is a conjugation for "you are".

    Regardless, Jason, I would feel just as much compassion had it been a rat. Please don't assume you know how everyone feels.
    God, I agree. No life is any more valuable than another. You make good points.

    As for the story, I am happy for the dog. It is amazing the dog lived. I am sorry for the bird of prey. Maybe next time he will get his dinner.

    Come on everyone, can't we all just get along? (I apologize in advance for any of my poor grammar or typos! haha)

    May 17, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      Skyler, thank you for stating what I was going to state. It drives me crazy when people use 'your' when it's supposed to be 'you're' and misspelling 'breed' as 'bread' is just plain stupid. I agree about the bird of prey whether it was a bald eagle or hawk. It's awful that they have to eat small mammals to survive but that is just how nature works. However, I am very glad to hear that the little dog is getting the medical attention and hopefully affection she deserves.

      May 17, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Rambo

      Michelle, my belle.
      Sont des mots qui vont très bien ensemble,
      Très bien ensemble.

      May 17, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
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