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. Reg

    Matt would have torn the bird's head off.

    May 17, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. 2tired2care

    The same thing happened to me. What are the odds?

    May 17, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      If I had a dime for every person that a bird of prey dropped in my front yard...

      May 17, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Emma10800

    Although I think we should try to look after every little harmless animal (a dog, a rat or even a lizard), I think the vet bill is too much, why dont they try to find a vet that would do the job for charity, as it feels wrong to spend that much on a stray dog when there are humans that could survive on that money. The only reason to kill animals should be for food or if it presents a danger to human lives (like some type of rats, insects, etc) but in overall, it is our job as the intelligent being, to look after the other types of lives who many times dont know what to do to look after themselves, unlike humans

    May 17, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. abby

    Poor little pooch. We have a small dog and there are birds of prey in our area - we always keep an eye on her when she outside even in our backyard.

    May 17, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      And people wonder why small dogs are often so aggressive. They have to be.

      May 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. anon

    I cannot believe this news was CNN homepage worthy

    May 17, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buster Bloodvessel

      I can't believe you don't see this is a blog.

      May 17, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • DrMabuse

      I think it is. It's a good story.

      May 17, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      Was somebody forcing you to read this blog? If not, keep quiet.

      May 17, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JayZ

    People > Dogs.

    May 17, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zuzu

      Animals > Humans

      May 17, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • PulTab

      Animals > Humans

      May 17, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Grendel25

    Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. (—Groucho)

    May 17, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • nosferatu

      D*mn, I just came back to post that.

      May 17, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ConcernedCitizen

    If you eat meat(support killing of animals) and then comment on how dogs are better than humans and bla bla bla, then I am sorry but you all sound hypocrite.

    May 17, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • neoritter

      If you eat any living thing and complain about how it's okay to eat plants but not animals you're a hypocrite. See what I did there?

      Go on, keep eating those beans baby killer.

      May 17, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. j

    if everyone who commented here kicked in about 10 bucks the puppy would be taken care of....come on folks...

    May 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • JayZ

      hey thats .0000035% of Donald Trumps net worth. Why dont we just have him kick in for it when the puppy releases its long form birth certificate.

      May 17, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Deb

    Some of the comments are really ignorant on here. If it was your that got run over say by a bus, should we just let you rot and die or take you to a hospital to help you.....it costs money to do that........the little dog deserves a 2nd chance, thanks to those who saved him/her. Everyone deserves to live regardless of cost. Let's have some decency people.

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

      Decency and civility seem to be in short supply these days. Why would anyone begrudge a small dog a second chance? It's almost beyond comprehension how insensitivie and callous people can be.

      May 17, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LuxInterior

    It's because of these D-Bags that just post idiotic comments just to get a rise out of people, that people value a dog's life over a human. I've never met a dog that was spiteful or just rotten to the core... plenty of "Humans" though.

    Love the ecosystem and apex predator references. You MUST be smart!

    Which family of Humans is more deserving of the $3500 ? I already fork over too much in taxes keeping families like Jason's stocked in moon pies. The 3rd world countries aren't ever going to get better until they initiate some population control...$3500 in contraceptives would be better than food.

    May 17, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      By the time you were finished typing that, 30 puppies in various locations around the world were cooked into soup. Awwwwww...How does that make you feel? 😦

      May 17, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. cindy

    Very nice story!! One with a happy ending for a change.

    May 17, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cesar

    Very kind bird and people. I just don't understand about the dental part. Even dogs and cats with good homes don't brush their teeth. So does May have rotten teeth?

    May 17, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ravensun

      Actually, vets do recommend that we brush our pets' teeth (or at least give them something they can chew on to clean them...) – I don't brush my cats' teeth because I don't want my eyes clawed out, but it is something that is recommended. If this little dog's teeth are so bad that it can't eat, it does need dental care...

      May 17, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tina

    You people that hate animals have no heart. Any living thing deserves a chance at survival. Get a frickin life you jerks.

    May 17, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lee Kee

    not newsworthy, sorry.

    May 17, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buster Bloodvessel

      It's a blog. You commented on it and don't know it's a blog?

      May 17, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
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