February 2, 2010
Haiti Update: Merger Village
Team members address animal needs in Port-au-Prince and the outlying villages.
Our team has now spent a substantial amount of time at the epicenter of earthquake damage and observed all species trying to survive. Today we treated a few privately owned animals and discovered some neighborhoods with animals obviously receiving community feeding.
The team returned to Merger village to assess the needs of other local villages, since outlying areas were still getting insufficient overall relief. Dr. Megan Hlusko was presented with two treatment challenges at this visit: one a very sick dog, and the second a young woman who had a foot wound incurred on January 12. Dr. Hlusko treated the infection of the wound but concluded the foot was fractured and urged the village's pastor to take her for appropriate medical treatment.
We met again with Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM), transferred some supplies to them, and discussed our assessment of the condition and needs of farm animals in the stricken areas. We were also able to share our impressions about overall conditions for horses in the country. HSI/HSUS/HSVMA will work with CVM to prepare a summary of long range animal welfare programs of mutual interest.
We are preparing four pet dogs for evacuation and transport to Santa Domingo.