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. Futon Torpedo

    Ridiculous, I'm sorry but this poor dog was supposed to have been eaten. Purely survival of the fittest here. I love dogs but let's be fair.. the dog was probably too heavy to get back to the nest as dinner.

    Circle of life, nothing ,ore nothing less.

    May 17, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • StupidDog

      Ha ha I totally agree!

      May 17, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • birdsofprey

      Hell to the yea!...Like i stated, let's raise money for the damn bird, he needs food!

      May 17, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • conventgirl

      Callous idiots!

      May 17, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Really?

    Jess- I totally agree with you. And you wanna know the saddest part? The people making comments like that most likely do have pets. I feel terrible for their animals.

    May 17, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jay

    I don't think Jason got enough hugs when he was little.

    May 17, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Really?

    Futon- So if you one day get severely banged up in a car crash or attacked in the wilderness by a bear, I guess we should just leave you to die. I mean it's survival of the fittest, right?

    May 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • birdsofprey

      ahhh noo we are H-U-M-A-N tree hugger!

      May 17, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kelly

    I am so glad May is alive and well! Sweet dog will probably bring a lot of joy to the folks in the nursing home. Thank you SPCA for picking up the bill! Another reason I give to that organization.

    May 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jason- disgusting human.

    heartless people like you will end up with what you deserve.

    May 17, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Karen

    Jason/aka POS: You'll get yours someday for a comment like that...

    May 17, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jason

    @really: oh boo hoo hoo. Just shut the hell up already. It's a dog. It's not a human but a 4 legged animal. It's food for 75% of the world. Don't worry i'll be sure to slaughter plenty of furry animals this week in your honor. Lmao stupid tree hugger

    May 17, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bernaba

      So Jason.......since you seem to enjoy killing many furry little animals, when will you start getting enjoyment by turning to humans next? They say most serial killers start with animals. You sound very sick.

      May 17, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • nosferatu

      He's just compensating for shortcomings in other areas. Makes him feel like a man.

      May 17, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jo

      This is why I detest it when people refer to murderers and all sorts of horrendous people as animals. One kills for pleasure, the other for need.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • StupidDog

      Wow you think that a animal is more important than a human. Your a sick sick individual!

      May 17, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger27

      Well...if the person is someone as "lovable" as you...definitively!

      May 17, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • cindy

      More important than some sorry excuses for humans yes.

      May 17, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • StupidDog

      Your a sick, person!

      May 17, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. joenavy

    Geez, what the hel$ kind of bird could pick that dog up and fly it around????? That's amazing. Yes, good for the pup, glad it is doing just fine. But really, a bird carried that thing?

    May 17, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mrs Marvel

      A toy poodle might weigh between 5-8 pounds when healthy, so this little dog might have weighed less than that. Although 4 pounds seems like a lot for a bird of prey, they can find healthy rabbits and other large rodents that are in that size. Hawks in particular are very strong and were used as hunting birds for hundreds of years.

      May 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Yah, my neighbor's cat got nailed by a great horned owl. She claimed her cat weighed 10 pounds.

      May 17, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Really?

    Jason- Why don't you shut the hell up already? No one cares about your heartless comments. Go away!

    May 17, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. shamel

    Jason – I fully agree with you. This is just an animal. Spending more than $5 on a stray animal is bizarre.

    May 17, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gash

      $5 is way too much for a human that values life, any life so little.

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

      You, shamel, are a waste of blood.

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

      And you're not just an animal. Look again.

      May 17, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sanjosemike

    I'm surprised that no Alaskans or Northern Canadians have not responded to this article. Everyone there knows that birds of prey will pick up small dogs for food. It happens all the time. If you want to have a small dog in those geographic areas as a pet, you need to be specially watchful and not let it out of your leash. Even then, you may be in a struggle with the large bird. Remember folks, I like dogs too, but raptors have a right to live as well. We just prefer that they stay with their "regular" diet. This raptor did not save this dog. It was simply too heavy to carry. Maybe it was a young raptor without much experience, and still fairly small.

    May 17, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • MaggieJS

      An acquaintance of my sisters in the Seattle area had an eagle nest blow down from a tree near her home – there were 28 dog/cat collars in it!

      May 17, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • conventgirl

      You don't need to be in Alaska or Northern Canada........we have many eagles an hour outside of Vancouver that prey on cats and small dogs.

      May 17, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Hmmm

    No bird of prey would ever demean themselves by eating a poodle.

    May 17, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Really?

    Bernaba- Couldn't agree more! He sounds like the next psycho!

    May 17, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. tukipad

    Seriously... when a dog requires $3,500 worth of surgery, isn't that indicative that poochie might just not be cut out for life anymore? I own pets (*not* animal companions), and as much as I like them, it's time for euthanasia at this point.

    May 17, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Imagine your family thinking the same thing...oh well tukipad needs $10,000 worth of surgeries to save his life...oh well screw it...let's pull the plug, after all he is just not cut out for this life anymore...

      I don't care if you are human or canine or feline – every life is worth saving...even yours...

      Stupidity at its finest

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