Nanaimo dogs recognized for blood and bravery

Japanese mastiff honoured for blood donations. Terrier recognized for courageous recovery

Jeff King and Nuke received an award honouring Nuke’s years of service as a blood donor from Jennifer Gore, B.C. SPCA president, left, and Craig Daniell, B.C. SPCA CEO. (Photo submitted)

Two dogs rescued by the B.C. SPCA have been honoured for blood and courage at an awards ceremony in Richmond Friday.

Nuke, a 160-pound Japanese mastiff rescued from a marijuana grow-op in 2008, was adopted by Nanaimo artist Jeff King, who registered Nuke as a canine blood donor upon discovering the dog had a universal blood type.

Nuke, now 12, supplied numerous blood transfusions for sick and injured dogs. He has survived cancer and is retired from the blood donor program.

For his contributions, Nuke was honoured with a B.C. SPCA Animal Courage Award.

One recipient of the canine blood donor program is Rascal, a terrier rescued from a home in Lantzville in 2017 after he was found covered in an estimated 100,000 fleas and suffering from severe blood loss.

Rascal was treated and recovered and was adopted by a family in Nanaimo.

He was presented with B.C. SPCA’s 2018 Animal Courage Award at Friday’s ceremony.

photos@nanaimobulletin.com

Just Posted

District of Lantzville spent nearly $90K on legal fees last year

Legal expenses up more than $40,000 over last year

MULTIMEDIA: All that glitters at Nanaimo Gem and Mineral Show

Second-annual event offers stones, crystals and handmade jewelry

UPDATE: Discontent City campers don’t plan on leaving

City of Nanaimo issues trespass notice at downtown homeless camp

RDN and CUPE 401 ratify three-year deal

Collective agreement retroactive to Jan. 1 and runs until the end of December 2020

Trans Mountain pipeline: Is it worth the risk?

Concerns range from the threat of an oil spill to the impact of tanker traffic on wildlife

City showcases power of public works to Nanaimo students

City of Nanaimo holds second Public Works Day

VIDEO: Regional district and B.C. Transit show off NextRide bus technology

New technology for Nanaimo bus riders will allow for real-time tracking

Federal leaders trade barbs about India trip at press gallery dinner

Justin Trudeau’s infamous trip to India earlier this year was the focus of many of the jabs

B.C. VIEWS: Our poverty reduction plan is already in place

NDP has another promise it needs to appear to keep

WestJet pilot strike averted as parties agree to mediation

Pilots had warned they could go on strike starting May 19

Out of control wildfire prompts restriction around Allie Lake

One of the first large wildfires of the 2018 season is blazing out of control

Most Read