“No person might get close to this canine”: Elusa eluded rescuers north of Edmonton for nearly a month
EDMONTON – A young dog gets a second chance at love after being rescued by the Second Chance Animal Rescue Society. Volunteers call her Elusa, a fitting name because it took volunteers about a month to catch them.
In mid-April, SCARS received a call about Elusa for the first time. She was spotted in a ditch on the side of a back road outside of Grassland.
“It was quite a long way from the houses and no one recognized it, it didn’t belong to anyone in the area, so people were actively trying to catch it,” said Terra MacLean of SCARS.
“She had walked really far, you couldn’t get near her.”
Volunteers brought out a live trap to catch them.
“She didn’t even want to stick her head in,” MacLean said.
“We had game, we had raw meat, we had croquettes, sardines, we had hot dogs. We have tried everything.”
The same volunteer went to the trap three times a day to lure the dog.
“Morning, noon, and evening to feed and water her and make sure she is okay, and she never got warm with the lady at all.”
The chase went on for weeks with SCARS volunteers and members of the public.
“The public tried to chase her on a ski-doo, several ski-doos, and they chased them out and hid in the bush. They tried on horseback. Nobody could approach this dog. “
As a last resort, they turned to a sedative given to meat by a veterinarian.
“It’s really dangerous because if you don’t know the exact weight of the animal, you can do one of two things. Too much can obviously harm or even kill them, and too little can really make them sleepy, but not sleepy enough to catch them so that they end up going and lying in the trees and then not hearing coyotes or running out in front of them hears before a vehicle because she is sleepy and not one hundred percent, but still fast enough that we cannot catch up with her. “
The first attempt to calm Elusa down failed.
“In the end, we had to sedate her a second and third time. Of course we phoned the vet to make sure we were okay with our pocket money and weight estimate, and she ended up getting so sleepy that we got to her or less, in a pen. “
Despite her volatility, MacLean said that Elusa had no problem warming up with people once she was caught.
“She’s been that cutie ever since. From the moment she was caught, she was actually kind. She loves attention, she loves pets. “
“To this day I can’t explain why she was so scared and afraid for so long, even though she is actually a really loving, sweet dog.”
The volunteers don’t know about Elusa’s story, but MacLean thinks someone might have dropped her where she was found.
“If people drop a dog often, a loyal dog will stay where it last saw its owner. So they just sit where they last saw, where they saw their person, ”she said.
Despite her ordeal, Elusa is healthy. She loves people, other dogs and even cats. A veterinary exam determines their age at around 10 months to a year.
SCARS has received over 50 applications to adopt her. It’s narrowed down to three families, and Elusa will meet her potential families this weekend.
With files from CTV News Edmonton’s Amanda Anderson