Rescued canine recovering at West Toledo Animal Hospital


May 3 – When a photo of a matted black dog in a parking lot with at least one encrusted eye and mouth open was posted on a local Facebook group on Sunday afternoon, commentators couldn’t believe the pathetic creature was actually alive.

“He definitely looked dead in this photo,” said Jean Keating, executive director of the Lucas County Pit Crew.

One of the rescue volunteers posted the photo after asking for help from Miranda Richardson. She had been at the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles branch on Heatherdowns Boulevard in South Toledo with her two daughters when she saw a man trying to catch the little dog and help him.

“He was in bad shape,” said Ms. Richardson of the dog. “He ran through the parking lot and just fell over. He just fell over in the truest sense of the word.”

The dog began to tremble and did not get up.

“I just couldn’t leave it there,” she said.

She reached out to Carrie Grindle, whom she had never met, but whom she knew as an active animal helper through the group of lost and found pets in Toledo on Facebook. Ms. Grindle posted the photo looking for a possible owner and connected Ms. Richardson with the pit crew. Mrs. Richardson picked up the dog and took it to the Springfield Township Center for Rescue. The rescue then took him to MedVet Toledo for emergency care.


“When he was with MedVet, his vital signs were pretty normal,” said Ms. Keating. “They had an IV and blood tests and he was stable overnight.”

The rescue took the dog, now called Lucas, to the West Toledo Animal Hospital on Monday morning. It is believed that Lucas is a mix of poodles who is around 5 to 6 years old, has severe infections in both eyes, and weighs only 8 pounds.

“It’s just bone, and there are some spots on it that seem like it was lying on something hard,” said Ms. Keating.

Through Monday, Lucas continued to improve, eating very small amounts of food every hour while continuing to receive support. He was bathed and some mats were cut from his shaggy coat.

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Ms. Keating said his collapse and subsequent tremors could have been caused by emaciation, dehydration, the heat of the day and the patch, and the stress of evading capture. However, a full work-up is done to determine other possible causes.

“He’s very kind and tolerant,” said Ms. Keating. “He looks a lot better.”

Lucas did not have a collar or microchip, but has been neutered. Anyone with possible information about the dog should email the pit crew [email protected].

Donations for Lucas’s care can be sent or dropped off at 855 N. McCord Rd., Toledo, OH 43615. Donations can also be made online via PayPal at lucascountypitcrew.comor directly to West Toledo Animal Hospital.

First published May 3, 2021, 5:04 p.m.