4-Year-Old Dog with Old Injury Desperately Needs Rescue


Update: She was pulled by rescue!!

This is a short plea for a rescue — or wealthy benefactor — to help Lady, a small, four-year-old Shih Tzu who is currently at Miami Dade Animal Services. Their vet examined her and her report shared on her Facebook page says:

“Pet presents for evaluation of an injury. She’s unable to stand in the hind end and drags her hind limbs when walking. There are large abrasions present on the dorsal surface of both hind paws. The hair coat has a strong smell of urine and the hair coat is dull and soiled. It is apparent that the inciting cause of the injures likely occurred some time ago. Absent conscious proprioception in both hind limbs with sensation present in both hind paws. Quiet, alert, responsive, and approximately 6 – 7 % dehydrated. Oral mucous membranes are pink and slightly tacky with a capillary refill time of less than 2 seconds. The abdomen is very tense during palpitation. She has a good appetite at this time. Thoracic auscultation reveals a Grade II/VI left sided heart murmur with clear lung sounds. She is a very sweet girl! Recommend transfer to rescue ASAP for further diagnostics and care. Humane euthanasia may be indicated.”

What’s important to note is that even during the examination, she remained “a very sweet girl.” She’s obviously had a tough life, and whoever had her allowed her injury to go untreated. That doesn’t mean that she can’t be helped with appropriate veterinary care or that she isn’t a candidate for a back end wheelchair.

Please share Lady’s story. Unless someone steps up for her, she will be euthanized at the shelter. Surely Lady deserves some love and kindness — she’s only four. She has a long life ahead of her if someone choses to help.

Lady is ID#A1854175 and she is located at Miami Dade Animal Services. Call 305-884-1101 or if you are local, 311. Email pets@miamidade.gov. The shelter is located at 3599 NW 79th Ave, Doral, FL. Adoption hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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