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Washington’s Animal Rescuers – No Obstacle Too Big Or Too…Foul? | Pets

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Washington’s Animal Rescuers – No Obstacle Too Big Or Too…Foul?
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Washington’s Animal Rescuers – No Obstacle Too Big Or Too…Foul?

The call came in on Tuesday from the Blue Plains waste treatment facility. The caller, deeply concerned, reported that 2 geese had crash landed in the waste water and were stuck and slowly sinking. WHS Animal Control Sergeant Ted Deppner and Animal Control Officer Shawn Covington got the call and rushed to the scene. Time, was not on their side.

Workers at the facility kept a close eye on the animals that were sinking deeper and deeper into the muck and slime. Upon arrival, the first thing the officers noticed was that the smell was overpowering, but the officers would not let that slow them down one bit. When they got to the animals, they had already sunk down almost completely and were struggling to keep their heads out of the sewage. The officers, knowing that with one wrong slip they too could fall in, quickly used nets to reach out and scoop the geese out of the muck. While their lives were saved, their journey was far from over. At the scene, they were given a brief rinse down but needed to be fully decontaminated quickly. Back at the shelter, Animal Control Field Services Director Hughes and Animal Caregiver Genevieve Hannan, dressed in full biohazard protection suits, set up to help clean the birds of the hazardous material that was all over them. With some scrubbing and a lot of warm water, the geese were cleaned and given antibiotic cream in their eyes, and their nostrils cleared, which as expected the geese did not appreciate at all and were continuously trying to bite their rescuers.

Once the cleaning and triage was complete, they were placed outside into a confined pen. The warm sun began drying them off and they were soon a bit more relaxed. Shortly thereafter, they were placed into the care of a licensed rehabilitator and they will be released back into the wild where they belong, all thanks to Sgt. Deppner, Officer Covington and the kind-hearted people at Blue Plains who set into motion another successful animal rescue in DC.

If you live in Washington, DC and see an animal in need of rescue, contact Washington Humane Society/ DC Animal Care and Control at 202-576-6664, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. No call ever goes unanswered.

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