MASON CITY — Goldie, the abused golden retriever taken in by the Humane Society of North Central Iowa, has a lot of friends and well-wishers.
Scores of them.
“When we came to work today, our answering machine was full and every other call today has been about Goldie,” said Sybil Soukup, executive director of the Humane Society.
“I’ll bet we’ve had a hundred calls.”
Goldie was abandoned by her owner, an evicted tenant of a house in Forest City and was left unattended for several weeks. Desperate for nourishment, she ate half her tail off.
Those who found Goldie were shocked by her filthy, emaciated body and tried to help her recover.
But after several days, they decided she should be put out of her misery. They were about to take her to a veterinarian to be euthanized when they received a call from the Humane Society offering to take her in.
Since then, Goldie has had surgery on her stub of a tail and is gaining some weight. She is alert and playful at the Humane Society.
She was one of eight dogs abandoned by the evicted tenants in Forest City. Homes were found for the other seven.
The animal cruelty was reported to authorities but it is unclear who actually owned the dogs.
Public reaction to Goldie’s story, published online and in Friday’s Globe Gazette, has been amazing, said Soukup.
“Not everyone has offered to adopt her but everyone is interested in her welfare.”
Soukup said news media from Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota have all contacted her.
“All the publicity not only spotlights the treatment of animals but also the kind of service we provide to the community,” she said. “And that’s helpful.”
Soukup said Goldie still has a ways to go in her recovery but might be ready for adoption by the end of next week.
Whoever adopts her will have to monitor her closely and she’ll need ongoing veterinary support, she said.
Her adoption fee is $110.
For more information, interested persons can call the Humane Society at: 641-423-6241 or visit online at: www.hsni.org.