Hit By Vehicle and Left to Die

Heidi is a 3 year old Great Pyrenees who was struck by a vehicle and left for dead.  She was seen walking around a busy intersection in Knightstown, IN covered in blood. Tragically, either no one paid attention to her bloody condition, or more likely no one was interested in helping her.  as she was found laying down and suffering  in the woods behind one of the businesses, nine hours later. A Good Samaritan saw her and contacted an animal control officer (ACO) who came in on her day off to coordinate her rescue and transfer to Indy Great Pyrenees Rescue. With the ACO's invaluable assistance, we were able to have Heidi transported the 50 mile journey to the Veterinary ER. She checked in last night Saturday, June 17th at about 9pm.

Heidi's initial assessments are very positive and with proper medical care the vet staff is cautiously optimistic about her prognosis. When she was initially examined her wounds were starting to close meaning she was probably hit by the car within the last 3 or 4 days. The trauma tore open the skin on her leg and severed one of the big veins in her front leg. Although her wounds had started healing they have to be opened up again and cleaned as there were lots of fly larve (maggots) already living in her wounds.

She has a beautiful smile and raises her head to greet visitors at the hospital. You can't really see the damage to her face, but during the accident her head must have been thrown down into the pavement. Fortunately she didn't lose any teeth, but the impact did a fair amount of soft tissue damage and tore a hole through her face into her sinus cavity.

Miraculously she isn't exhibiting signs of sepsis/system wide infection and the doctors hope that with fluids and antibiotics and some reconstructive work where the flesh has been torn and so badly damaged she will be a happy healthy girl again.

Heidi has some air outside her lungs in her abdomen but since her lung and heart sounds were relatively strong the doctor thinks that the puncture that caused the air to go outside the lungs may have already started to heal enough that she won't need invasive procedures in her abdomen.

The extent of the damage to her front leg is a little difficult to access but she does try to put weight on it and can ambulate/move/walk on her own for short distances before she stops in pain.

We normally do not use gofundme requests, but we just took care of a pyr who was shot by his owner and provided emergency care for him, and our meager budget does not allow for severe medical cases like his and Heidi's. But we will find a way with your help!

Indy Great Pyrenees Rescue is not for profit 501C3 and all donations are tax deductible. We are a group of volunteers dedicated to helping re home Great Pyrenees and Great Pyrenees mixes in need of assistance whose owners cannot be found or can no longer care for them. We are funded only by donations and adoption fees. Thank you for your consideration in helping us help Heidi.

Want to donate, but don't use a computer to make donations?  Send your donation to IGPR, Inc.,  1102 W. 78th St. Indianapolis, IN  46260

Jane Rose
Director
Indy Great Pyrenees Rescue
www.igpr.org
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Organizer

Jane Rose 
Organizer
Indianapolis, IN
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