Basil's New Life

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~ WE DID IT! ~
We raised $3600 for Basil's surgery and recovery in just over two weeks! I want to thank everyone who donated for helping get us to this point, and helping Basil's chances of having a happy life. 

Her previous owner has been arrested, and three dogs (one female, about six months old, and two infant puppies) were confiscated from his possession, as well as his daughter who is a toddler. 

Basil has received her surgery (which thankfully did not end up costing $6000, thanks to a sympathetic vet!), and is recovering with her foster family. 

The photos above are from Tuesday June 5th, from Pittsburgh Mobile Vets. 

• (GOAL ACHIEVED!!!!) We would like to raise $3,500 by Friday June 15th, 2018.

• The proceeds from this campaign will go to Basil's recovery and care

• If Basil's expenses do not meet the amount raised, we will transfer the remaining donations to Angel Ridge Rescue to help them care for their other animals.

Meet Basil:

Basil is a possible whippet mix who has been badly abused by her former owners. She appears to be around two years old, has recently had puppies, and has a myriad of health issues (including a dislocated back leg, due to the extent of her abuse).

She is the sweetest, most loving and grateful animal I have ever met. 

My friend and I rescued her from a bad situation (which we became aware of through a sketchy Craigslist post). More information is listed below. 

She is in very poor condition, and will need extensive surgery to help rectify her issues. 

Her condition:

According to Dr. Meneo of Pittsburgh Mobile Vets, the dog has a fractured, dislocated hip, a fever, dull lung sounds, mild dermatitis, grade four pelvic limb lameness, pronounced mammary development (recent whelping), diminished pain response, very low calcium levels, potential liver issues, and overall “poor body condition.” The dislocated hip is unable to be properly reinserted into her leg. Dr. Meneo, from Pittsburgh Mobile Veterinary Clinic, estimated the cost of the procedure to fix her hip to be around $2,000 to $3,000.
Until her hip is repaired, she needs to be on pain medicine.

Another vet believes that she should have a full hip replacement surgery, which cost up to $6000. 

What we're asking:

Basil is such a genuinely sweet girl, who has had a very, very rough time in her short life. She clearly wants to be loved, and deserves to be pampered by someone who will treat her like the little princess that she is. 

No living thing should have to go through what she has. 

We would like to raise $6000 by July 1st, 2018 to cover the surgery and any other veterinary expenses she will need to live a happy and healthy life. (the previous goal has been achieved: "We would like to raise $3,500 by Friday June 15th, 2018". Thank you so much to everyone who donated!)

The partial hip replacement surgery itself will cost up to $3000, plus recovery fees which can easily venture into the hundreds. She also still needs to be spayed, have her updated vaccines, treatment for her liver issues, supplements, and lots of yummy food to fill her belly!

The vets working with Angel Ridge Animal Rescue are recommending that we get her a full hip replacement surgery, which cost closer to $6000 (I will get an exact figure soon, hopefully) due to the extent of abuse that she suffered at the hands of her owner. 

Thank you to Pittsburgh Mobile Veterinary Clinic for doing her X-rays and initial examination after we got her on June 5th, and Amber's Pet Taxi for helping us transport her to her life at Angel Ridge Animal Rescue ( http://www.angelridgeanimalrescue.org/).

The money will be used to ensure that she has a happy life after her recovery, and help Angel Ridge rescue more animals. 

Any and all donations are helpful, even if you can only spare $1.00, that is a dollar more than she would have had!

100% of the proceeds will go to Basil's recovery and care.

If we raise more than is needed to cover her veterinary expenses, we will transfer the remaining donations to Angel Ridge Rescue, to help them with their other animals. 

What happened:

On Sunday, my friend and I were looking at random posts on Craigslist, and I stumbled across a post about someone giving away their dog. I showed my friend the link, and we commented on how frightened the dog looked, and how worrisome the wording was, as the poster mentioned that he was "sick of" the dog and wanted to "get rid" of her ASAP.  It was clear from the photo that she wasn't spayed, and the fact that she was free immediately concerned me. I told my friend: "There's two kinds of people that are going to take this dog from him: people who are going to get her the help she needs, and people who are going to breed her or use her for dog fighting."

We emailed him asking about the dog. He responded, saying that we could have her. He mentioned that the dog couldn’t really walk and was limping.  The reason? Frustrated with her slowness after she had given birth to her last litter, he had kicked her repeatedly, to the point that she was unable to even stand up without severe pain. The reason he gave was this: that she had been “pissing [him] off” lately.

Since we don’t drive, we had a lot of trouble actually managing to get her. At first unwilling to transport her here, the man threatened to “just get rid of her” if we didn’t pick her up Monday night. I begged him to try again to drop her off near my home, and offered him money for gas--$40 total. He accepted.

When we finally got to meet the dog, we were dismayed to see that she was even bonier and frightened than we had expected. Her expression was dull and she stared ahead without much recognition of anything. When my friends and I led her to some grass, though, she began delightedly rubbing her face in it. She could barely walk, with one leg dragging behind the other. The man said, "That's just from my discipline kicks. She'll be okay in a week or two." It felt like he had done this before.

It was hard not to notice the bones jutting out from her sides. The man said that the reason why she was so thin was that "she just doesn't eat anymore." (But strangely, when we took her home and set some food in front of her, she ate it quicker than I've ever seen any dog eat anything, and she hasn't refused any food since.)
We had to carry her home because she could not walk. We presented her with a bed, which she enjoyed, but it took her about five minutes to sit down due to the pain and awkwardness of her leg. When she urinated, she could not squat due to the leg, and urine ran down her legs. When we offered her treats, she would immediately look down and away, almost afraid of them. After we continued to be gentle and offer treats, she began to wolf them down. She ate a large can of dog food and a good amount of dry food, drank three bowls of water, and ate about 10 treats.

Basil was seen by a Pittsburgh Mobile vets the next morning, June 5th, around noon. We got her home around 10PM the previous night, and tried to keep her safe, warm, and calm. 

I’ll never forget what Dr. Meneo said when he spoke to me after her exam: “These are the kinds of injuries you see with a car accident.” But Basil’s dislocated hip, her fractured bone, her liver damage, her fear—they didn’t come from a car. They came from a man. And it’s up to us to fix the damage that he caused, and give Basil the life this beautiful, sweet, and brave pup deserves.

Please help us in any way that you can, and please share this with all of your friends and family!
We will need as much help as we can get!

• We would like to raise $6000 by Sunday July 1st, 2018. 

• (GOAL ACHIEVED!!!!) We would like to raise $3,500 by Friday June 15th, 2018.

• The proceeds from this campaign will go to Basil's recovery and care

• If Basil's expenses do not meet the amount raised, we will transfer the remaining donations to Angel Ridge Rescue to help them care for their other animals.

• Thank you Angel Ridge Animal Rescue for providing her with a safe place to stay, where she will be loved and monitored properly!

• Thank you Pittsburgh Mobile Veterinary Clinic for coming out to see her, and Dr. Meneo for providing a thorough exam!

• Thank you Amber's Pet Taxi for helping us transport her to Angel Ridge Rescue!

Thank you so much everyone!
-Two Animal Lovers
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I know that this campaign has since ended (thank you to all who donated!!), but here's a somewhat happy ending: https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/13839573-74/cops-hempfield-mans-discipline-kicks-left-dog-with-broken-dislocated-hip
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Thank you so much to everyone who has donated!

I have just been informed that Basil's surgery ended up costing about what we originally had been quoted (around $2000). With that said, she still needs to be spayed, get updated vaccines, etc. But we have raised plenty of money for that. :]

Thank you everyone for your help and compassion.
I'm sure that Basil will be wiggling her bum happily in no time, and will find a loving home who can pamper her like she deserves. <3

I will post an official 'end' to the campaign once I have more details on how her surgery went, and reach out to everyone individually.

Thank you so much!
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First, I would like to thank everyone who donated to Basil's campaign. Thanks to your generous donation, we were able to raise $3500 in under a week- that's amazing!
While I would love to transfer the money immediately to Angel Ridge, and get her either the FHO or partial hip replacement surgery, the vets working with Angel Ridge are urging us to go for a more aggressive treatment: Full Hip Replacement (this will cost up to $6000).

Because of this new development (which I learned of yesterday), we would like to extend our goal to $6000.

So please, don't stop donating or sharing this campaign! The vets will be doing another X-Ray soon to determine the exact route that they want to go, but I will keep everyone updated on what is going on, as I find out.
For now, Basil is being cared for by a loving foster family until she gets her surgery (she return to their care after, for rehab).
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After speaking with the owner of Angel Ridge, I’ve decided to let the campaign run its full course (until Friday the 15th). We are SO CLOSE to our $3500 goal, and Basil should be getting her surgery this week. Thanks again to everyone who has donated to help this poor girl, she’ll be better soon!
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