Whoa, Nellie! The initial plan for Nellie was an amputation, but because of RADAR’s assistance, the rescue was able to get expert evaluations, which led to a far different conclusion that saved her from never being able to walk again. Nellie is a two to three-year-old Terrier mix who was surrendered, along with her puppy, to the Mercer County Animal Shelter in West Virginia on June 8th. While Nellie’s pup was quickly adopted, Nellie had no such luck. She was walking on only three legs, with her right-hind leg injured from some former trauma, like being hit by a vehicle. Amputation seemed like the best solution, but made a rescue commitment all the more difficult.
On June 24th, Andrea Deoudes with the Animal Welfare Foster Program in Virginia contacted RADAR for assistance with Nellie. Knine Rescue in Maryland would take Nellie if funding for amputation was provided. They also had an experienced medical foster available. We agreed to assist.
In July Nellie had several evaluations and x-rays done. Andrea shared this with us: “Unfortunately, the damage to Nellie’s pelvis and left hip is too severe to warrant amputation of her right leg. She still utilizes the right leg to walk about 40% of the time and the left hip is extremely painful, so the fear is that if the right leg is amputated, she will be unable to walk solely on the left. At this time, the best option is to medically manage her pain and monitor for any signs of worsening in the future. I want to stress how much we all really appreciate the funding RADAR has offered. Without RADAR funding, we likely would have just listened to what the initial vet said and would have amputated her right leg. Had we done that, Nellie could have ended up unable to walk. Although this is not the perfect surgical outcome we were hoping for, the money RADAR provided allowed us to not cut corners and have the thorough evaluation that Nellie needed.”
“Nellie is so happy to be out of the loud shelter,” Andrea told us. “She is trotting around her foster home playing with toys (she loves stuffed animal squeaky toys!). She craves love and attention, and just wants to be laying on someone’s lap. She is very snuggly! She’s a real doll and would be perfect for an older couple who are home more and can give her lots of cuddles! She’s the perfect low key dog!” Click here to view more photos of Nellie.
RADAR paid $300 towards Nellie’s exams, x-rays and medication costs.
UPDATE! Nellie has been adopted!
UPDATE! All funds for Nellie have been raised! Thank you!
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Thank you to the following contributors, who have given specifically to Nellie:
Melissa Feeney; Rebecca Kuga; Ken Siegert & Rick Thompson; Tina Muncy; Peggy Marshall; Karol Gordon; Lisa Pavlica
Added on August 20, 2015.