Community comes together to help save a terrier that nearly died from a house fire


NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – The Humane Society of Louisiana plans to honor three people for helping save the life of a terrier named Sadie who nearly died in a house fire last spring.

In March, Sadie’s owner lined her indoor kennel with straw, then placed a heat lamp next to her to try and keep her warm during a cold snap. But, the straw caught fire and burned over 70% of Sadie’s body, including her eyelashes, the tip of her nose, and most of her back and ribs.

The owners did not know what to do because they could not afford to treat his injuries.

It was then that a local rescuer heard about Sadie’s plight and contacted the Humane Society of Louisiana to see if they could help.

The Humane Society of Louisiana heard the story and agreed to pay for her treatment.

The rescuer took Sadie to an emergency clinic immediately after she was taken off the fire.

Sadie arrived for treatment at an emergency clinic and was treated for two weeks. he was then transferred to Mandeville Veterinary Hospital, where they provided additional care for the following days. After that, Sadie was treated at a Resurge Veterinary Surgery and Rehabilitation Specialist Center in Covington.

The procedure was successful and Sadie made an almost full recovery – six months after almost losing her life.

Dr Lodato and his partner, Michael Richard, adopted Sadie.

To honor Drs. Kopari and Lodato’s job, HSLA plans to present them with their Humane Hearts Award at halftime during Saturday’s Pelicans game at the Smoothie King Center.

The Humane Society is also planning to present the same award to Lily Lopinto, the 10-year-old daughter of Joseph and Lauren Lopinto. Joseph Lopinto is the Sheriff of Jefferson Parish. Lily suffered a slight burn earlier this year and was a patient of Dr Kopari when she heard about Sadie and her doctor’s involvement in the dog’s recovery.

Lily announced that she would also like to help and decided to raise money for Sadie’s medical care. Lily and her friends ran a lemonade stand which raised $ 2,200.

“We are incredibly grateful to everyone who helped save Sadie’s life – from the first rescuer who took her to the emergency clinic, to the many vets who treated her, to the hundreds of people who took care of her. gift for her recovery – all played an important role in her recovery and successful rehabilitation, and it is fitting that we pause and give thanks to those who have given so much, ”said Jeff Dorson, Director of HSL.

The game is scheduled for Saturday, November 13, when the Pelicans face the Memphis Grizzlies at the Smoothie King Center. The tip-off is at 6 p.m. and tickets to support the Humane Society can be purchased here: https://pels.group/HumaneSociety.

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