The Severely Abused Chihuahua–Pom
On February 24th of thisyear, a female Chihuahua mix was presented to Kenosha Animal Hospital inexcruciating pain and with no use of her hind legs. Our staff was told that theinjury had occurred the previous evening when her owner pulled her free frombeing caught under a fence. They had Honey for only seven months; her formerowners asked them to watch her and then never came back for her. They were notsure of her past history, except that she was approximately one and one halfyears old. She was still intact (not spayed) and was not up-to-date withvaccinations, heartworm or parasite protection.
Dr. Shine discussed the needfor immediate pain medication, a complete examination under sedation and fullbody radiographs. The owners werehesitant to make a decision as to what to do. I was informed of the severity ofher medical condition and requested the owners’ permission to get her admitted tothe hospital immediately.
Unfortunately, Honey’s ownerswere considering taking her home without any treatment, since they did not wantto be responsible for any medical expenses - but after discussing how inhumaneand cruel that decision would be, they agreed to relinquish ownership to theKenosha Forgotten Friends, a no-kill rescue and rehabilitation organization.
Sandy Majest, the presidentof K.F.F., and I started this organization with only the care donated by Sandy,Kathy Schmitz, myself and Kenosha Animal Hospital. With the help of a smallgroup of very supportive volunteers, we were able to rescue and re-home oversixty pets, pets that we were told would have otherwise been put to sleep.
Although it was unlikely thatKenosha Animal Hospital would ever recoup the costs for Honey’s care, I couldonly think of what we might be able to do for this little girl. I was alreadysuspicious of the owners’ story, even though I had never met them. I justcouldn’t imagine how they could leave her in that condition through the nightif they didn’t have something to hide.
Honey was immediately given threeinjections of pain medications and was started on IV fluid therapy to help stabilizeher. From the moment I first examined her, I could see beneath her terrified, untrustingand slightly aggressive shell of fear, a little dog that really needed our help;she only wanted someone to love and protect her.
Once Honey was sedated, wewere not able to find any scratches or abrasions that supported the owners’story. It was very apparent that both of her femurs had been fractured, mostlikely from blunt force trauma, but only the right thigh had the swelling andsevere bruising that would be expected with this type of injury. She had also sustainedan injury to her right eye with bleeding of the sclera (the white part of theeye). Her radiographs revealed some new findings: not only did she sufferhorrific fractures to both of her femurs, the ends of the fractured bones ofher left femur already had callous formation (attempts by the body to try toheal itself) – even though the ends of the bones were displaced several inchesapart. When viewing her x-rays I also found three old, healed fractured ribs onher right side. There was no doubt in mymind that little Honey was the victim of repeated animal abuse; at least threeseparate occasions severe enough to fracture her bones.
I was now totally committed –this little girl was going to get all the help and care that I could provide.
To be continued…
William T. Carlisle, DVM