Two Nanaimo dogs honoured by BC SPCA

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
May 10, 2018 - 5:49pm

Rascal, a senior terrier-cross, was honoured with an Animal Courage Award.BC SPCA

Rascal lost 85 per cent of his blood after fleas sucked blood from the senior terrier-cross BC SPCA

Nuke was honoured for saving many injured and sick dogs requiring blood transfusions.BC SPCA

NANAIMO — A pair of Nanaimo pooches got their paws on some hardware, recognizing their bravery and life-saving contributions.

Rascal and Nuke were honoured with awards at the BC SPCA's annual awards ceremony in Richmond recently.

Rascal, a senior terrier-cross, was given the 2018 Animal Courage Award.

Rascal made a remarkable recovery after being discovered at a Lantzville home with 85 per cent of his blood lost. Rascal had an estimated 100,000 blood-sucking fleas on him when he was rescued in 2017. The SPCA said Rascal underwent emergency blood transfusions and recovered from his near-fatal condition to live a happy life with his new family in Nanaimo.

A man was charged with causing distress to an animal following Rascal's seizure.

Nuke, a massive 160-pound Japanese Mastiff was rescued and cared for at the BC SPCA branch in Nanaimo in 2008.

Nuke's adopted owner helped him overcome neglect issues and registered him as a canine blood donor after learning of his universal blood type.

Nuke offered numerous life-saving blood transfusions to help sick and injured dogs.

He was honoured with an Animal Hero Award.

The SPCA said after successfully beating cancer, the now 12-year-old Nuke has retired from the blood donor program.


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