A dozen or so New Orleans residents gathered Tuesday to save a Pit Bull from drowning in the 17th Street canal. The panicked dog kept changing direction and swimming for miles in either direction, but could not find a way to safety. “She was so just thankful and sweet. She was shivering. I don’t know if it was from being so tired or what, or cold. So we just held her. We tried to give her food, which she didn’t want. She was just in shock,” described Michelle Ingram of Zeus’ Place, the rescue that will eventually adopt out the rescued pooch.
Dr. Jackson (the vet caring for the dog) says DeDe, short for ‘ditch dog,’ has heart worms, intestinal worms and skin irritation from bug bites. From the marks on her neck and calluses on her legs, she believes DeDe spent time tied up somewhere. It looks like she had a litter of puppies in the last several months. She looks to be about a year and a half or two. Once spayed, cured and fattened up, she’ll be fully recovered and ready for a good loving home.