Phoenix, AZ — A tiny dog found herself in a very sticky situation when she got caught in a glue board trap! Luckily animal rescuers were able to save her and clean her up. And believe it or not, it was peanut butter saved the day, reports KPHO.
Glue board traps are trays coated with an extremely sticky adhesive. They are often used for rat traps. Any animal that touches one of these traps is immediately caught and immobilized, and physically stuck to the board.
When Abby, a 4-pound Chihuahua/Yorkie mix, found herself stuck to one of those traps, Emergency Animal Medical Technicians (EAMTs) from the Arizona Humane Society were summoned to the scene.
When the EAMTs arrived, Abby had already succumbed to exhaustion and was collapsed face down in the glue and was struggling to breathe, with glue lodged in her nasal passage and eyes. Had she not been rescued in time, she could’ve suffocated and died.
“She was so exhausted and so out of it, she looked like she had passed,” says EAMT Andy Gallo. “The she took one breath. Just one breath. And I couldn’t believe it.”
Knowing that simply peeling the trap off of the small dog’s face would cause severe pain and could even rip out her fur and/or skin in the process, Gallo tried a more humane and creative approach.
He lathered the little dog’s face with peanut butter and the peanut oil loosened the glue’s grip. Gallo was then able to carefully and painlessly remove the glue from Abby’s small body.
“She had pressed both her paws deep into the glue,” he says. “I guess she was trying to chew it off she had glue packed into her nostrils. It took a lot of work; a lot of peanut butter.”
Trouble is, little Abby was apparently hungry, too, and kept trying to eat the peanut butter!
“As I’m using the peanut butter to get it out, she’s trying to eat the peanut butter,” says Gallo. “She’s in the worst situation possible and she’s still licking me and still was so sweet.”
Abby’s face was cleaned up and groomed in the Second Chance Animal Hospital.
Now, after a few days of recovering (and the loss of a little fur), she is happy and healthy and ready for adoption.
Shelter workers say she’s extremely affectionate, loves to be held and has a great personality that would blend into any household.
Abby will be available for adoption at the Arizona Humane Society’s Campus for Compassion, located at 1521 W. Dobbins Road in Phoenix, on Thursday, August 13 at 4 p.m.