Now living happily in Omaha, Nebraska.
Hearts United for Animals rescued 13 dogs from horrible conditions in Thurston County NE in January, 2013. They were living outdoors in piles of feces. They were starving, full of worms and dehydrated because their water dishes were too frozen to get a drink. The cages were made of makeshift wires and latches were bailing wire. The dogs, mainly staghounds, greyhounds and coonhounds, were being bred for hunting. Rick Herchenbach from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, the Thurston County Sheriff and the Thurston County Attorney all did a marvelous job of following up on complaints and worked very quickly to make sure the dogs were able to be rescued immediately. HUA rescuers worked to carry the dogs on ice, through dead carcasses of smaller animals to get them to warmth and safety in their travel crates in the HUA van. They were taken immediately to a veterinarian where they received thorough check-ups and wonderful care before arriving at the shelter.
Gretna is a friendly, gentle, appreciative girl who is having the time of her life being free from her cage. She is curious about everything and wants to learn things quicker than we can teach her. She marvels at all of the great toys at her disposal and loves playing fetch with her visitors. Amazingly, Gretna is also house broken. She and most of the other dogs that came from that horrible place immediately learned that the potty was outside and they make sure that their spaces will never be filthy again. Gretna has also mastered the leash and adores being taken on long walks around the campus. She is an awesome young lady who will be eternally loyal to her family and forever grateful to be a cherished member.