Animal Center Loses Hero – Famous Blood Doner Dog
Maggie, a hero in her own right, saved many canine lives in her time due to her blood donations. Sadly Maggie lost her own fight due to complications with spinal stenosis and a ruptured disc in her back.
The Hattiesburg Animal Medical Center lost a very special member of its family this week.
Maggie, the clinic’s famous blood donor dog, passed away Monday from complications with spinal stenosis and a ruptured disc in her back.
Maggie, a yellow Labrador retriever, was abandoned at the clinic nearly 10 years ago.
At the time of her death, she was estimated to be between 10 and 13 years old.
Throughout the years Maggie’s blood helped save the lives of hundreds of other canines.
Veterinarian John Mayfield III worked very closely with Maggie.
“She had the best temperament of any dog I have ever dealt with,” Mayfield said.
“She gave a lot of blood and saved many lives. You could just put her on the table, and she would let you push her head up to get the blood. She never complained.”
The center also has greyhounds who donate blood, but they are not as well tempered as Maggie.
Maggie was also known for her healthy appetite and continuously upbeat attitude.
After giving blood, Maggie was known to eat up to two cans of dog food.
Juan Medina, a technician assistant, developed a special bond with the dog.
Medina has worked at the clinic for three years and credits Maggie for teaching him a lot about animals.
“She was the best dog in the world,” he said. “In the three years, I have been here she has saved at least 50 lives. I learned a lot from this dog.”
After Maggie’s passing, the staff had a special gathering in her honor.
She will be cremated, and a memorial will be set up at the clinic in the near future.
An anonymous donor also is giving an engraved stone with Maggie’s name on it to the clinic. (Hattiesburg American)
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