Tussling and crawling all over one another, the “Bayou Babies” looked a whole lot better now than they did when Anne Halbert and Amy Michalek first saw them a week ago.
Halbert and Michalek, members of the Start Over Rover Board of Directors, picked up a female dog and her seven 7-week-old puppies around 11:30 p.m. July 19 from the St. Martin Parish Animal Control shelter in St. Martinville, La.
The dogs were at the St. Martin Shelter after being rescued from a home where they were kept in a chicken coop and pecked on by the birds.
The Start Over Rover Facebook page now refers to the dogs as Sissy and her Bayou Babies.
“When we picked them up, mama and the babies all cowered in the corner of the SUV,” Halbert said. “None of them would get near us. They all sat there terrified.”
Sissy was named after St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.
“We thought that was fitting because she’s pretty much a saint and so sweet,” Halbert said.
Even after veterinarian Tammy Craig of TLC Vet Care in Hastings treated Sissy’s wounds, Sissy still has a gash around her neck where her former owner wrapped a chain.
According to KATC-TV of Lafayette, La., the dogs’ owner, Edmae Vital, was arrested July 18 and charged with four counts of aggravated cruelty and six counts of simple cruelty.
Craig told Start Over Rover officials Sissy needs a couple weeks to recover before she can undergo surgery to repair her injuries.