Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


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The following CORRECTION/CLARIFICATION appeared on February 24, 2017. Doors will open at 10 a.m. Saturday and bingo will begin at noon for the Biscuits Bingo animal shelters fundraiser at IBEW Local #5 on the South Side. Incorrect times were given in an item in Saturday's paper. For more information, email or call 412-799-3713.

Lynn Pilarski has been rescuing Great Pyrenees dogs since 1985, but she had never faced as much heartbreak or financial challenges as she has with the seven puppies she rescued on Jan. 8.

A volunteer from the Great Pyrenees Club of Western Pennsylvania Rescue picked up the 6-week-old puppies in Ohio and took them to a veterinarian for their first round of inoculations. They came back to Pittsburgh and were placed in foster homes.

On Jan. 10, some of them weren't enthusiastic about eating, but Ms. Pilarski thought they were stressed by their move. On Jan. 11, all were vomiting and had bloody diarrhea. She took them all to a local veterinarian.

The diagnosis was really bad: parvovirus, which is frequently fatal for puppies.

Three puppies died, and four survived after nine days in veterinary intensive care. The total bill is $17,000, and that's a lot of money for a small rescue like Ms. Pilarski's. So far $8,000 has been raised on a "caring account" on Facebook.

The survivors are now 12 weeks old and weigh about 30 pounds. They are doing well in their foster homes and are expected to make a full recovery. They will be ready for adoption in two weeks.

Rylee is a solid white Great Pyrenees. Murphy is black with white paws and is a Great Pyrenees/Newfoundland mix. Cagney and Lacey are tan Great Pyrenees/Anatolian shepherd mixes. The three puppies who died were white Great Pyrenees named Buddy, Brie and Mario.

Rylee, Murphy, Cagney and Lacey are about 10 pounds lighter than they should be, Ms. Pilarski said, because they had no interest in eating when they were sick. As adults, the females should weigh 90-100 pounds and the male 120-130 pounds.

These puppies especially loved to be held and cuddled, Ms. …

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