After dog dies from eating neighbor's rat poison, NH woman eyes saving high-kill shelter dogs
DERRY — A Derry woman and her family are turning lemons into lemonade after the tragic death of their dog.
Tanya Marie LaGrega said her 8-year-old Argentinian Mastiff boxer-mix named Bruno was at her parents house on June 20. They went on their usual walk up and down the road. Bruno was on a leash and the walk was the same route they had done dozens of times. But when they got home, Bruno began to act strange.
"He started to twitch. He started throwing up," LaGrega said."He wasn't his normal self."
They took Bruno to an emergency veterinary clinic, but before they could get out the door, Bruno vomited what LaGrega describes as looking like "green pieces of play-doh."
LaGrega said that when they arrived, the veterinarian said the green vomit was rat poison and then did tests to confirm.
"We were shocked," LaGrega said. "We've never had rat poison. The vet says sometimes people put it in their yard to keep chipmunks out. He could have licked up a couple pellets."
Then LaGrega said they had to make the difficult decision to euthanize Bruno.
According to the Pet Poison Hotlin,e rat poison prevents the blood from clotting, which results in internal bleeding.
"We chose to end his suffering and put him down about three hours after his walk," LaGrega said. They were never able to identify which neighbor's home the poison came from.
LaGrega with her dog, Bruno.
But now LaGrega said, she is trying to help save other dogs in Bruno's name. She has started The Bruno fund, in an effort to transport dogs at high-kill shelters to the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire in Bedford where they will have a chance to be adopted.
"Once it (the fund) hits $500 a transport will go to South Carolina and save five to 10 dogs in honor of Bruno," LaGrega says. She says will keep sponsoring transports as long as the money comes in. So far, the Bruno Fund has raised $200.
LaGrega said she is meeting with local businesses to help raise money also. She is currently talking to Papa Ginos in Derry about a fundraising night soon, but nothing definitively has been scheduled yet.
"We want to save as many dogs as we can. We couldn't save Bruno and that breaks our hearts everyday," LaGrega said. "But if we can help other dogs than that's amazing and we want to keep doing it."