By Keri Collins Lewis
MSU Ag Communications
STATE – When Dutch, a miniature dachshund, arrived at Mississippi State
University’s Animal Health Center at the College of Veterinary
Medicine, he was lucky to be alive.
“Most people would have put
him to sleep, but I thought he had a chance,” said Dr. Robert Shamblin,
Dutch’s owner and a veterinarian for over 40 years. “He wanted to live.”
Dutch was attacked by a coyote on his morning outing with Shamblin’s wife at their home outside of Tuscaloosa.
he came in the house, I saw that he had puncture wounds on each side of
his chest,” Shamblin said. “I wrapped him up, took him to my clinic,
cleaned his wounds, gave him IVs and medication, and sutured him up as
best as I could. On one side of his rib cage he was split three inches
along his intercostal muscles. We sewed any tissue we could get to cover
the wound.” More....