What would you do if you got a message saying there was a dog lying injured by some rubbish bins? Clare Roberts had just such an experience earlier this week. Here's the story.
'I received a text message this lunchtime from a friend with a photo attached of a Podenco lying next to a bin area. The message said that the dog looked dazed and was very quiet.
When I got there to collect him, I found a badly injured dog who was nearly at death's door. I sped him to the vet's, thinking I would be too late, but we made it and the vet quickly assessed him and took an x-ray after making him more comfortable and pain-free. The x-ray showed that he has a shattered femur in his rear right leg and his pelvis/hip is also broken on that side, but it is a clean break. There were also signs of internal bleeding in his lungs and possibly his intestines.
The vet has said that they won't do anything for his breaks until he has been there 24 hours, as he may not survive the night with the internal bleeding, so he is just on pain meds and a saline drip till tomorrow. She is pretty sure he was hit by a car.
I called him Angel as I don't think he would have survived much longer by the bins, so he would have been with the angels!
If he survives, it will cost in the region of €1,000 to plate both his leg and pelvis and cover all the sundry items such as x-rays etc. This is way beyond my means at the moment! The only alternatives I have are to ask people for donations or have Angel put to sleep which I can't do. I am asking people to donate straight to the vet's so that there is no doubt as to where the money is going and what it is being used for. I am not a registered charity, but have more than 30 dogs in my care at the moment, all abandoned, so I would definitely be struggling to meet such a bill. Once he is in recovery (fingers crossed) I can offer him a home here with me - I can afford to feed him.'
Angel survived the night and is still hanging on in the vets' surgery. Looks like Clare got to him in time.
If anyone can help pay towards the current vet bill of 700 euros (photo below) for Angel then you can donate Paypal Clare firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be further vet expenses post op and medication.
Let's get this boy back on his feet by helping his guardian angel pay the bill.