Dog’s life

Puppy given an­other chance

North West Telegraph - - Front Page - Sophia Con­stan­tine

The Hed­land com­mu­nity has raised thou­sands of dol­lars to save the life of a puppy on the brink of be­ing eu­thanised.

The five-month-old cane corso puppy, who suf­fered a lifethreat­en­ing frac­ture to her tibia, has a new lease on life thanks to the gen­eros­ity of com­plete strangers who ral­lied to raise the money for her surgery through so­cial me­dia.

The dog, named Diva and de­scribed as very gen­tle and great with chil­dren, es­caped from her home sev­eral weeks ago and suf­fered the in­jury, which showed up on an X-ray at Port Hed­land Vet Hos­pi­tal. Im­ages ap­peared of Diva all ban­daged up with her head in a plas­tic cone on so­cial me­dia.

Within less than a week, the com­mu­nity had chipped in thou­sands of dol­lars.

Vet hop­si­tal prac­tice man­ager Michelle Knight said it was the first time the clinic had had to reach out to the com­mu­nity, who raised enough money to cover the bill and do­nate the sur­plus to­wards cre­at­ing emer­gency kits to help pets and peo­ple in times of hard­ship.

Mrs Knight said she could not thank the com­mu­nity enough for their kind­ness and com­pas­sion.

She said it was a big deal considering the own­ers’ on­ly­op­tions were re­hom­ing or euthana­sia. “It’s not some­thing that we take lightly and we’ve never had to do it be­fore,” she said.

“It was a very over­whelm­ing re­sponse.

“We would like to give a huge shout-out to the com­mu­nity . . . the com­mu­nity is just amaz­ing. “We were just as teary eyed as the own­ers.”

As a small, fam­ily- owned busi­ness, Mrs Knight said ev­ery an­i­mal that came into the surgery was treated as their own. While surgery of the same na­ture would nor­mally cost $4000-5000, the clinic of­fered to do the surgery for $3000, which helped al­le­vi­ate the cost and stress of the sit­u­a­tion.

De­spite be­ing ban­daged up for the past two weeks af­ter surgery, Diva’s tail is con­sis­tently wag­ging and she is on the road to re­cov­ery.

Pic­ture: Sophia Con­stan­tine

Dr Richard Knight and prac­tice man­ager Michelle Knight, of Port Hed­land Vet Hos­pi­tal, with five-month-old Diva.

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