(Hwy 380 / Lake Forest area)
Case acceptance date: 11/29/2023
McKinney Animal Control referred Roxy’s mom to our team for assistance in locating her and capturing her. Roxy and her mom were visiting McKinney Texas for a family medical emergency. Due to it being so close to the Thanksgiving holiday, her mom was not able to secure a boarding facility so she brought her on the trip with her. Roxy escaped out of the front door when a family member was exiting. Tragically her mom had to go back home to Tennessee for work and leave Roxy behind so she needs our help. We have been completely backlogged with cases but we should be able to get boots on the ground soon.
Roxy does have an AirTag on pinging an approximate location. Once we get on site with IOS devices we should be able to track her to a more precise location.
Our team put boots on the ground at 17:00 today and we were able to locate Roxy alive and well tracking her Apple AirTag. As of only 2 weeks ago, Apple released a new firmware update that allows AirTag owners to share their AirTag location details with other iCloud ID users. Roxy’s mom shared Roxy’s AirTag with our team members Selena and Ginny and they were able to track Roxy precisely within 1 foot of her exact location. See photos and video below!
When we found her Roxy was petrified and in flight mode so she was eluding any possible chance at hand capturing her. Very dangerous highway traffic was only a few feet away up the ravine so we didn't want to risk her running up there to avoid us so we pulled back.
We deployed a feeding station with wet dog food and beef brisket on top to keep her in the area and she ate at the station within minutes. This is the aerial view of her eating the warm beef brisket in the bowl.
After our failed attempt at hand capturing her she ran off into the storm drain tunnel. We are leaving the site right now and heading to storage to pick up our corral trap.
We deployed our Coral Trap in a 5x10 configuration at the feeding station location while she remained in the storm drain system away from us. We put fresh beef brisket inside and it is armed.
Our team will be staging on site overnight awaiting her capture.
Roxy was safely captured this morning. Our team staged on site for 18 hours waiting on her to come out of her tunnel hiding place. She has a large wound on her right rear leg that’s down to the muscle. We are transporting her to Veterinary Emergency Group of Allen. We FaceTime’d with Roxy’s mom on site of capture so that she could see her safe.
When we approached Roxy inside the corral we immediately noticed she had a large wound down to the muscle on her rear left leg. There was necrotic tissue around it so it appeared that it happened fairly early on of her 9 days being missing. She was located in some of the roughest terrain and thickest brush imaginable. It’s a wound that could have been obtained from the talons of an owl or a hawk when she broke away from his grip or it could have been obtained from a piece of sharp metal but it is not likely from an animal attack.
Unfortunately there is too much skin missing to suture the wound closed so she will need a skin flap surgery when she gets back home to Tennessee. Dr. Fetters and Lauren sedated her in order to clean her wound, cut off dead tissue and suture in a wound dressing. We will take her back to the ER Saturday morning for a fresh dressing change right before she makes her airplane journey home to Tennessee on Saturday.
Her bloodwork showed that she was slightly dehydrated so she received IV fluids to treat that but otherwise normal. She was up to date on vaccinations and monthly flea/tick/heartworm preventatives so thankfully she did not have any fleas or ticks. They went ahead and dewormed her just in case. Roxy will stay hospitalized overnight so that they can treat her explosive diarrhea and maintain her hydration. Thankfully Roxy did not have any other injuries and she was a sweet brave girl letting all of us handle her and treat her.
Our team will be picking her up tomorrow morning and team chief Selena will be fostering her at her home until Saturday and then transporting Roxy to the DFW Airport where she will be reunited with her mom and be on her journey back home to Tennessee. When she gets home she will be having surgery to fix her wound. We will be leaving the ER with antibiotics, pain medications, sedatives, and medications for her diarrhea.
Sweet Roxy Ren was discharged from the hospital just now and is doing great! Her diarrhea is under control and she is feeling so much better now.
We are taking her to see her grandparents who have been worried sick.
Roxy got to see her grandparents tonight before going on her journey home to Tennessee on an airplane tomorrow. They were so relieved to snuggle her and see her safe.
We took Roxy back to Veterinary Emergency Group for a fresh dressing change before her flight today. This fresh bandage will carry her through Monday when she visits her veterinarian. ~We even signed her bandage! 💖
Blissful tears for our team and Roxy’s mom today as we reunited Roxy and mom at DFW airport!!! Roxy’s mom brought us and our medical team at VEG delicious Moon Pies and home town factory snack cakes from Tennessee! YUMMY!
Roxy Ren is finally back home in Tennessee and sprawled across her mom’s lap on the sofa! Be still our hearts! ❤️ ~~~ She has an appointment on Monday to see her veterinarian about repairing her leg.