$1500 needed for Elle

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

If she could speak she would prob­a­bly tell you how much pain she is in but, in­stead, she qui­etly deals with a lux­at­ing patella which she re­quires an op­er­a­tion to cor­rect.

Elle the four-year-old black Poo­dle Shih Tzu was brought to the South Waikato SPCA Shel­ter to be re­homed about three weeks ago.

‘‘They (pre­vi­ous own­ers) didn’t have time for her any more,’’ South Waikato SPCA shel­ter man­ager Lorna Hutchinson said.

‘‘You can’t look at her and not know some­thing is wrong. It is both back legs but one is worse than the other.’’

A lux­at­ing patella is a con­di­tion where the patella, or kneecap, dis­lo­cates from its nor­mal lo­ca­tion and it is a com­mon con­di­tion in dogs, mainly small breeds.

‘‘If she doesn’t get the op­er­a­tion then we can’t place her.

‘‘It will be a case of putting her down be­cause she wouldn’t be able to take the pain,’’ Ms Hutchinson said.

South Waikato SPCA staff mem­bers and vol­un­teers are rais­ing funds for the op­er­a­tion which will cost an es­ti­mated $1500.

A ham­per raf­fle is un­der way.

LIFE IN BAL­ANCE: Elle desperately needs a life-sav­ing op­er­a­tion. In the mean­time she finds com­fort in South Waikato SPCA shel­ter man­ager Lorna Hutchinson’s arms.

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