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It’s been one week since a Halawa breeder surrendered 43 Pomeranians to the Hawaiian Humane Society.
So far, about half of the dogs have found new homes. But happiness turned to sadness for one of the new owners.
After rescuing the dogs, the Humane Society reached out to the public, and there was an overwhelming response.
More than 200 people showed up on Thursday to enter their names in a lottery to adopt one of 11 dogs.
On Friday, 13 additional Pomeranians went up for adoption, and 500 people showed up hoping to win the lottery.
Mara Baker of Waikiki was one of them.
“We saw it on the news and thought oh they’re cute puppies, and she always wanted a fluffy puppy and because it was an award for her for having perfect attendance, I thought okay, we’ll go try,” Baker said.
Baker and her granddaughter ended up with a winning ticket.
They chose a 9-year-old female Pomeranian, which they named Tiger.
“I got the name because of McKinley High School tigers,” Baker said.
But once they left the Humane Society, Mara says she noticed Tiger seemed sick.
“He started sneezing. Then water coming out of the nose and eyes,” Baker said.
And that was just the start of it.
“My heart was to take care of her no matter what. And then on Monday, we were going to take her to a vet on Monday. But we never made it to Monday,” Baker said.
On Sunday, she says Tiger seemed to be getting worse, and since she didn’t know of a veterinarian who was open, she took Tiger back to the Humane Society.
“She just fell to the ground and had like a seizure and foam coming out of his mouth. And I said can I leave him here or find a vet first, what are my options? And they said it’s my responsibility. I got to take the dog from them now. If not, I have to surrender it back to them,” Baker said.
So she gave Tiger up.
“It was at the spur of the moment an emergency situation. I didn’t want to prolong it because I didn’t know the condition of the dog,” Baker said.
The Humane Society says Tiger is now in foster care along with 19 other rescued pomeranians that are being monitored for various reasons including their health.
“You have to go in knowing that it might have problems that are going to be challenging. It probably is going to have it that’s why they’re being taken away,” said Dr. Douglas Chang of Aloha Animal Hospital.
Chang also recommends people looking to adopt plan ahead — find a veterinarian before hand, and make sure you can afford to take care of the pet.
“When I adopted the dog, I didn’t know that within 24-48 hours I couldn’t bring the dog back to have it checked. It was my responsibility to take him to an outside vet,” Baker said.
She also says she’s learned a lot from the whole experience, and hopes others can learn from it too.
“What do I hope out of this is that it doesn’t happen to someone else,” Baker said.