Katina’s story is both heartbreaking and hopeful, and a real testament to determination on both her part and those who would not give up on her. On November 26th, this approximately eight-year-old Boxer mix was hit by a car and taken to the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter in Kershaw County, South Carolina. Because she tried to bite someone attempting to pick her up right after she was hit, state law required her to be placed on hold for 10 days. That meant that even though Katina was injured, the shelter was not permitted to seek medical treatment during the hold period. The best they could do was to provide Katina with pain and anti-inflammatory medications.
The shelter staff fell in love with super sweet Katina right from the start. But they were very concerned about her left hind leg. It appeared to have been injured when she was hit by the car, and she no longer had full control of it. With the 10-day hold nearing an end, Margaret Ellis, RADAR’s liaison with the shelter, contacted us about helping Katina. A thorough evaluation and x-rays were urgently needed. We agreed at once.
On December 5th, Katina went to the vet. The diagnosis was fairly grim: lumbosacral disease. She had swelling from a calcium deposit in the worst area of her spine, which was pinching a nerve making her unable to use her leg. The vet indicated Katina’s condition was a perfect trifecta of the worst combination: her age, some calcium spurs she already had, and the injuries from being hit by the car at the exact part of her spine where she already had the most problems. With surgery not an option, only medicinal treatment was available.
A follow-up visit to the vet (at no charge) on December 13th provided some encouraging news: all the walking Katina was doing was very therapeutic, and her muscles were getting stronger, which is helping her compensate for her injuries. Meanwhile, the shelter was exploring wheelchair options if that becomes necessary.
On December 31st, Katina had a growth on her right eye surgically removed (a post-surgery is included in her photo gallery). The vet was confident that it was benign. Margaret told us this: “Katina is so sweet and happy, and grateful for all the attention and affection she is receiving. I don’t know what her future holds but she is safe and well cared for right now, thanks to RADAR’s help.” Click here to see more photos of Katina.
RADAR paid $254 for all of the costs of Katina’s vet evaluation and x-rays, and eye surgery.
UPDATE! All funds for Katina have been raised! Thank you!
UPDATE As a result of Katina’s increasing immobility, combined with a loss of bladder control, the vet was called in to evaluate her. The vet determined that Katina’s quality of life had deteriorated to the point that she was now suffering. Based on the vet’s recommendation, the shelter staff made the difficult decision. Katina was humanely euthanized, and crossed the Rainbow Bridge on January 21st, 2014. Rest in peace, Katina.
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Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Katina:
Chloe’s SOS Fund (Saving Our Seniors); Margaret & Irv Ellis; Ken Siegert & Rick Thompson
Added on December 31, 2013.