July 5th, 2020

Local boarding kennel looking for help after two dogs abandoned by owner

By MO CRANKER on November 18, 2019.

Pet Park Boarding manager Taylor Kopperud sits with Petey and Rubble outside of the business Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. The two dogs were abandoned by a previous owner and the business is now footing the bill for required medical treatment.


Two dogs were dropped off at a local pet boarding kennel recently and the owner never came to pick them back up.

Pet Park Boarding Kennel is now responsible for both of the animals – and the thousands in medical costs required to make both of them healthy.

“They both came from a client that never showed back up,” said manager Taylor Kopperud. “This isn’t common. You hear stories about situations like this, but this doesn’t happen often.

“Sadly, it’s the cheaper way of relinquishing your dogs to the shelter – just leaving them somewhere for someone else to take care of.”

Kopperud says there is a good chance that the pair of dogs was loved at one point and cared for, but they both showed up in rough shape.

Petey is a five year-old American Staffordshire Terrier and Rubble is a seven-year-old lab mix. They both have medical conditions that need to be dealt with, which is expensive for the business.

“Anyone with a pet knows how expensive vet bills are,” she said. “Both came to us incredibly underweight and Petey had a huge gash in his face that went untreated for two weeks. It got really infected and half of his ear was torn off.

“We initially had them seized but we brought them back so we could find them proper homes.”

Rubble had seven teeth removed recently which cost more than $1,500. Petey is getting neutered soon and both need regular trips to the vet.

The kennel may have found Rubble a home with one of its staff members, but is still hoping to find someone to give Petey his forever home. Whoever adopts him should not have any other dogs, says Kopperud.

Anyone looking to donate can go to gofundme.com and search ‘Petey and Rubble.’ Anyone looking to adopt the homeless dogs can call the business at 403-979-1185 to inquire.

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