Abandoned Puppy, Shot and Paralyzed

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This puppy was picked up on the side of CR 154 in Wilson County, Texas. The Good Samaritan noticed the rear legs in an abnormal position and stopped to take a look. It was obvious that the poor puppy was paralyzed. The puppy was taken to Animal Crossing Veterinary Hospital for evaluation. An x-ray showed a bullet lodged in her spine, which will require surgery by a specialist. She does have some feeling in both her legs and we are hopeful that she will get some use of her legs after surgery. If she is unable to use her rear legs, we will need to get her a set of wheels to assist with mobility. We are a very small non-profit organization trying to fill a gigantic need in our community, but in cases like this….we just don’t have enough funds to pay for such a costly procedure. We rely solely on the generosity of the good people in our community who care about the animals that others throw away like trash. Please help us…help this puppy. Donations can be made to Wilson County Lost and Found Animals via Go Fund Me….or via our Paypal link on our FB page https://www.facebook.com/WCLFA/app_208195102528120 ....or via mail to: PO Box 1439, LaVernia TX 78121. Please stay tuned for frequent updates and thank you for your support!
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Remember Hope? The sweet puppy that was shot and left paralyzed on a back country road? Well look at her now! She is able to put weight on both her back legs and walk! She has a hunch on her back and is a bit unstable, but she is a happy, active girl! And some more good news....her medical foster has adopted her! Hope has the best caregiver/mommy ever, she attends doggy day care while mommy works, and she has her very own car seat for commuting. We are so happy with her recovery and so glad that she has a forever home. Hope's care is costly and she will still require frequent vet visits to ensure she doesn't develop a urinary tract infection since she is still unable to completely control her bladder and bowels. Thank you everyone for caring enough to contribute to Hope's care. When she needed you, you were there!
Hope's Remarkable Recovery
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There were some questions posted that I want to share with all of you...."Why is surgery no longer an option? If she does get the surgery would that alleviate the bladder and bowel issues? Isn't there more time to raise the needed money?"

Our reply: Apparently, the injury is about 2 weeks old. We found her last week Friday. Specialist said her body is already healing the area and entrance wound is almost done healing, so because of the location of the pellet...the amount of time it's been there...the damage that has been done...and her stage of healing...surgery will not change her outcome. Specialist said surgery could possibly cause more paralysis, be fatal for her, or do nothing for her. We were really hoping there was a possibility of her regaining use of her legs, but this injury caused permanent damage. All we can do now is make the best of the life she has. I will continue updating our page as she makes progress. I can't wait to get her in a cart and see her walk (roll) again.
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We have lots of news to report today! After taking suggestions from our FB friends, we have named our special girl – Hope. We visited the specialist today and learned quite a bit about Hope’s situation. She was shot with a pellet (like something from a BB gun), not a bullet. Her x-ray showed two different views of where the pellet is lodged in the last thoracic vertebrae. There is also an obvious fracture to the spine. The neurologist reviewed her x-rays and performed a thorough physical evaluation on Hope to determine if a CT and surgery would be necessary. After a lengthy discussion, we came to understood that with or without a CT and surgery, Hope’s prognosis remains the same – she will not have use of her rear legs. In other words, she will be paralyzed for life. Since the surgery is no longer an option for Hope, we will put those funds toward her continued medical care and her doggy cart. She will need her bladder manually expressed by her human three times per day and wear a diaper to keep her from soiling her bedding due to uncontrollable bowel movements. She will likely experience frequent urinary tract infections, so continued vet care and careful monitoring are important. She has some pretty ugly, infected sores on both legs where she was dragging her body for a few days before being found by a Good Samaritan. She is on antibiotics for 10 days and once her infection clears, she will be fitted with a cart to help with mobility. Once she reaches her full size (approximately one year old), she will be fitted with a more durable custom-made cart. Hope is about 10 weeks old with a full life ahead of her. We have accepted that she will now be considered a long-term medical foster, but we won’t let that stop her from enjoying a good life. Thank you all so much for contributing to Hope and her medical needs. We would not have been able to save her without your help.
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Tomorrow is the big day! We are taking our girl to see a specialist that will do an evaluation and CT scan to determine how extensive the surgery will be, as well as her prognosis (e.g. will the paralysis be permanent). We will also have a more exact figure for the surgery. Thank you all so much for contributing to this defenseless girl and giving her a chance to have a happy life. Please keep sharing this....we aren't done yet!
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Dorothy Wilde
38 months ago

Why is surgery no longer an option? If she does get the surgery would that alleviate the bladder and bowel issues? Isn't there more time to raise the needed money?

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Why is surgery no longer an option? If she does get the surgery would that alleviate the bladder and bowel issues? Isn't there more time to raise the needed money?

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