DISLIKES ~ Lyca dislikes large crowds, and she’s still a little nervous about tours. She’s getting braver, though!
Upon capturing the wolf-dog, it became clear she had broken free from a terrible place where dozens of animals were still suffering. Over 60 domestic dogs, wolf-dogs, exotic cats, and birds were trapped in a home in the same neighborhood as Ms. Brooks and Ms. Krupa. They were suffering from an overwhelming number of health issues including giardia, anemia, malnutrition, tumors, infected masses, cancer, worms, ear mites, kennel cough, and broken teeth. The conditions were so horrible that the troubled woman keeping these poor animals eventually faced criminal charges. Thanks to Ms. Brooks’ and Ms. Krupa’s tireless involvement, most of the animals received much-needed medical treatment and were adopted or taken to sanctuaries. Because they were all considered evidence in the case against their former owner, the whole process was much more complicated. The wolf-dogs were perhaps the most difficult to
While at the shelter, their circumstances, unfortunately, grew worse.
Unfortunately, the remaining adults were isolated in cement-bottom cages at LAAS for over 6 months without exercise or human contact. They were depressed, scared and their muscles began to atrophy from lack of movement. They also developed skin issues from sitting in their own urine. Kaballah began slipping away because of conditions at LAAS. Still involved and hoping to see a happy ending for these animals, Ms. Brooks contacted Wild Spirit and we began the process of helping with the rescue. Leyton went to California to plead with LAAS to release the wolf-dogs to a vet for immediate medical care before we offered them their permanent home. Thankfully, they were finally taken to the fantastic organization Veterinary Angels Medical Center and began receiving life-saving treatments.
Wild Spirit’s Director, Leyton J. Cougar, also went to the place where Nushmua’s puppies had been taken to offer them a home with us. It was a heartbreaking decision for the woman who was caring for
Tragically, Mitzi had suffered too much and died several days after being released into her new habitat. Shomo was very nervous and underweight for several weeks but finally began to settle and grow stronger with consistent, healthy meals. Her name was changed to Mystique to give her a truly fresh start. Kaballah adjusted much faster to
Months later, in May of 2017, we received a call from the puppies’ foster mother. Unfortunately, she and her partner were no longer able to handle Lyca because Lyca’s innately wild personality was beginning to overwhelm them. She was destroying furniture, destroying their house, demonstrating little to no training retention, and she was unhappy. Without hesitation, we agreed to welcome Lyca into the WSWS pack, too. She arrived via helicopter at the end of May 2017 and moved in with her brother, Quinn. Although sanctuary life has been an adjustment for her, she has settled in well.
The amount of time, money and tireless fighting that went into the rescue of all these animals is unfortunately very typical of this work. It is exhausting and can often seem hopeless, but when efforts pay off, the rewards are endless, especially for the animals in question. We are so grateful to Ms. Brooks, Ms. Krupa, Maureen Delaney of Delaney’s Dog, Veterinary Angels Medical Center, and everyone else who never gave up and donated their time and money to save the lives of these deserving rescues!