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. Dave

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

    May isn't a day heheheh.

    May 18, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. Robert

    Jeez, this dog has more dental care than I have ever received.

    May 18, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. dsfgsdfg

    Does anyone else think this story is unlikelky?

    A dog with scratches is found and we are supposed to simply accept that a giant (and unwitnessed) bird carried it? Maybe it was injured the way that most dogs are – by a human, car, or other dog.

    Typical CNN garbage.

    May 18, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Red Yankee

    Lucky dog, unlucky bird of prey and its family who went without a meal.

    May 18, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Crocker

    The bird probably dropped the dog after realizing there wasn't enough meat on it's bones to fill up a sparrow.

    May 18, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amanda

      Oh, perhaps it's more than that. Contrary to our beliefs based in our arrogance as humans, other beings do feel for each other.

      June 9, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • hawkie

      @Amanda I would tend to agree on what you are trying to say... but here, I don't think a bird of prey would be able to comprehend what it did for the dog.

      or did he?!:

      "Awww, poor doggie, I know, I will drop this doggie from a height of a 10 story building, so that humans can show compassion and care for it. I will also dig my claws in deep because I have watched CSI, and they are able to tell what caused these injuries so that they can feel the pain this dog went through... you're welcome doggie"

      June 9, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • SFC Mike

      @ Amanda

      Actually, it's human arrogance that anthropomorphizes animals to the point where we make ridiculous and unrealistic assumptions about what they think and do. Quite a few families of mammals have the ability to have complex emotions, but those emotions exist within the context of instinctive drives and other factors.

      There are a very few families in specific orders of aves (birds) which are capable of some emotional process. Raptors are not among them, and raptors have not the slightest empathy for prey or anything else. It's a very simple issue once you take human desires to anthropomorphize and make nature cude and cuddly out of the picture. Brains are expensive from an evolutionary standpoint, and a raptor has extreme needs for sensory processing and the capabilties it uses to hunt prey. Empathy or any significant emotion requires different brain structures which would consume energy and confer no survival advantage.

      In cases where specific animals have complex emotional landscapes, those capabilities have evolved along with social organization of those animals to confer a collective survival benefit on the species as a whole.

      Sorry, but the bird simply dropped its intended prey. If the dog was severely undernourish, there likely wasn't much there for the talons to grip, and the dog's skin tore. For the bird, nothing more nor less than a lost meal. For the dog, it was simply lucky to survive and end up in an area where people would find it, then show it kindness and compassion.

      June 10, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. thedude

    $3500 in dental work for a dog? what is it becoming a rapper and need gold teeth?

    May 20, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jess

      Can you not read? The dog had gashes, broken ribs, and was suffering from other problems as well. I'm surprised all the procedures cost ONLY that much! Medicine and medical procedure aren't cheap

      May 28, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom

      Jess, maybe you need to ask yourself that question. Reread the last paragraph. The hospital took care of all those problems. They are specifically saying they need the $$$ for the dental work.

      June 1, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diane

      It's an excellent question. If the teeth are that bad they should just be extracted, which isn't that expensive and after which she can still lead a healthy, comfortable life. But it sounds like they are planning some specialty work. Even if they have to patch bone in places I can't see it costing $3500. A root canal only costs about $2k, for crying out loud. Wouldn't it be nice if they spent $500 on this dog's teeth to get her happy and healthy again and spent the other $3k saving a lot more animals' lives instead?

      June 1, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • jay

      I need $3500 worth of dental work in my mouth. Guess who's going to get theirs first?

      June 13, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sue

    This white bichon frize is a living animal. It's not a poodle, I believe. My little Bichon, Girlfriend, looks just like May.
    Send me May. If you are not kind to animals, you are most likely not kind to humans.

    May 21, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bob

    Good thing the dog is getting care thankfully

    May 24, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. leah

    3500.00 for dental work on a dog? seriously!?? I can possibly see that for all her care but, just dental? That vets got a good thing going. My vet charges 150.00 800.00 is on the high side. something isn't right!

    May 27, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jess

    A few root canals at $800 a piece would add up quick.

    June 2, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  11. scott

    Why worry about not being able to afford health insurance. Just get down on all fours and pretend you are a dog.

    June 8, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  12. Pfeffer

    This is going to end in tragedy. The hawk will continue to attack the dog, but this time while it is held by an innocent nursing home resident, causing a horrific tug-of-war. This is not fair to the hawk or the old people.

    June 9, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Kent Bowen

      $3,500 in dental work? Maybe it was a local dental vet that hired an airplance to drop the dog on the old folks home...

      June 11, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • CarrieG

      Pfeffer, I haven't laughed that hard in a looong time...thanks for that!

      June 14, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  13. jldub45

    They named the dog May after the day she was found? How many days do they have in their week, 12?

    June 13, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  14. Louise

    Maybe a vet could donate his time for this lil doggie and do the dental work at cost only? There are cases where people will donate there time, hopefully this will turn into one. It isn't always about money, and those who study medicine and care for animals should remember why they started in this field to begin with. Wasn't it to help those that couldn't help themselves? Just a thought.

    June 13, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mark Tomasso

    nice page, happy i took the time to look over it, if you have some similar articles ill be checking back to read them soon.

    January 5, 2012 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
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