DRAGONFLY – A1094086
Safe - 10-31-2016 Manhattan
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DRAGONFLY – A1094086
**REPORTEDLY HIT BY CAR, SAFER: EXPERIENCED HOME**
FEMALE, BLACK, FEIST / LABRADOR RETR, 3 yrs
STRAY – STRAY WAIT, NO HOLD Reason PETINJURED
Intake condition UNSPECIFIE Intake Date 10/20/2016, From NY 11211, DueOut Date 10/23/2016,
Medical Behavior Evaluation BLUE
Medical Summary Intact female Scan negative for a microchip About 3 to 4 years old OU=clear Nose=No discharge AU=clean Teeth are stainned with tarter Coat is clean Reported to have been HBC. Injury on the left hind inner leg Able to walk but limps a little Was taken to Blue Pearl PCV=49 TS=6.6 BG=98 Will be kept in medical for further observation Was nervous during the initial but allowed handling Go slow with Dragonfly and after a while she will warm up
A volunteer writes:
Dragonfly almost looks unreal, a cartoon character that flew over and landed at the Manhattan Care Center. She is as black as night, her ears are shaped like shells, she owns a pointy nose and wary copper eyes. Dragonfly is hugging the back wall of her kennel. Baby talks do not convince her to go for a walk. I have to lasso her…I wish I was a cow girl…Eventually, Dragonfly’s lovely neck is secured and off she exits her den, her short tail between her legs and her eyes even wider..I have to mention that never did I hear a growl or see a row of teeth…I was warned not to take pretty Dragonfly for a walk. She is said to have been the victim of a car accident and has some cuts on her feet. I spread a linen on the floor of a pen for her to use. Dragonfly is a damsel in distress but amenable…A gentle approach, soft words and manners…She accepts my caresses and little by little , comes closer and closer to me and settles by my feet.She does have away to go but she is taking steps in the right direction. Lost, injured and now in a strange environment. This is a lot to take for a little gal like Dragonfly …Dragonfly needs a home and the love of a master to thrive. Will you open your heart to this precious gem? Dragonfly is waiting for you at the Manhattan Care Center.
KNOWN HISTORY: N/A
SAFER ASSESSMENT: 10/23/16
Look: 2. Dog’s eyes are averted. Her body posture is stiff and fearful; her tail is low and not moving. She allows head to be held loosely in Assessor’s cupped hands.
Sensitivity: 2. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, her eyes are averted, her tail is down, body tense, mouth closed.
Tag: 3. Dog repeatedly turns quickly away when touched and repeatedly tries to exit. Dog is crouching, tail is tucked, mouth closed, body tense.
Squeeze 1/2: 1. Dog gently pulls back her paw.
Toy: 1. Minimal interest. Dog sniffs toy.
Dog/dog: 2. Dog does not approach
Summary: Dragonfly was a bit fearful throughout the assessment though tolerated all handling; she may benefit best from a slow/soft approach.
10/23: When introduced off leash to another dog in the care center, Dragonfly is nervous and completely avoidant of approach.
MEDICAL BEHAVIOR: 10/20/16
During her initial medical exam Dragonfly appeared nervous at first but allowed all handling and warmed up.
_X_Fearful (Dragonfly has been observed to display fearful behavior during her stay at our care centers; at times will avoid interaction and shy away from direct-touch. Dragonfly easily startles and is made uncomfortable by loud noises and sudden movement and will display proper warning signals as well as increase distance from anything that may present a threat. We cannot be certain if any other behavior is suppressed as a result of this environment. A period of decompression is advised before introduction or exposure to new and unfamiliar situations. Force-free, reward based training is advised.)
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