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Dachshund survives fireworks fiasco, gets adopted

February 18, 2019

Like most dogs, Meg Rayburn wasn’t a fan of New Year’s celebrations.

There’s the noise, the flashing lights in the sky and the pop, pop, pop of firecrackers.

But this year, the 2-year-old dachshund had an even greater reason to dislike the holiday: An unknown assailant had strapped the brown pooch with fireworks and set them off.

The duct tape used to stick the fireworks to her body had melted into her fur and flesh, leaving behind charred pieces of adhesive and skin, said Toni Rumley, Dachshund Rescue of Houston treasurer, volunteer coordinator and board member.

“This is a situation where humans let Meg down,” Rumley said, noting that Meg’s story is just one of many “horrifying” cases the rescue, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has seen in its 20 years of existence.

On Saturday, Patsy’s Pet Market, located at 1644 South Mason Road in Katy, is hosting a Mardi Paws’ Crawfish Boil to raise money for Meg and dogs like her, who have found themselves in unfortunate situations due to the actions of humans.

“When we first learned about Meg’s heartbreaking story and the needs of Dachshund Rescue of Houston, we knew that we wanted to step up and help,” said Patsy McGirl in a statement. McGirl is the owner of Patsy’s Pet Market.

The event, which begins at noon on Saturday, Feb. 23, will feature crawfish plates with a suggested donation of $8.

To be fully vetted by the rescue, the average “healthy dog” requires between $400 and $500 of veterinarian services, Rumley said. An injured or a heartworm positive dog can increase the costs to more than $1,000.

Since being rescued in January, Meg has been adopted and she is doing “outstanding,” Rumley said.

“Her adopters are in love with her,” she said. “She is a fabulous little girl. She is a little shy, but she is recovering day by day and continuing to trust people.”

Meg and her adopters will attend Saturday’s benefit, Rumley added.

“The good news is that humans are also making it to where we can not only help (Meg), but help other dogs beyond this,” she said. “This is exactly what rescue is all about. We are there to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome these dogs.”

michelle.iracheta@chron.com