Surgery saves Elle
Donations cover cost
Elle has had her life saving surgery thanks to the generosity of the South Waikato community.
The energetic four-year-old black poodle shih tzu was brought to the South Waikato SPCA shelter to be rehomed in October.
‘‘We did not know at the time that Elle was seriously ill with an hereditary condition called luxating patella, where the patella or kneecap dislocates from its normal position. It is a common condition in small breeds of dog,’’ South Waikato SPCA inspector Lorna Hutchinson said.
‘‘You could see that something was wrong just by looking at her. Vets concluded that without surgery Elle would have been euthanised.’’
Elle was assessed by a specialist veterinarian Trevor Kelly of Vet Plus in Rotorua who then proceeded with the operation two weeks ago.
In the mean time, South Waikato SPCA volunteers launched an intensive fundraising campaign to cover the costs of the operation.
‘‘It was an easy decision to make,’’ said Sandra Harrington-Frost, South Waikato SPCA’s chairperson.
‘‘Our branch has adopted the Saving Lives Policy of the Royal New Zealand SPCA which means that we do not put any animals down.
‘‘In Elle’s case, although in a great deal of pain, she was saveable and we knew we could help her and give her a chance at a longer life, painfree.
We were only expecting to raise half of the quoted $1500 needed for the operation but the South Waikato public got right behind us and helped us raise $1805.’’
The operation was successful and although Elle had a longer than expected stay in hospital on a drip due to vomiting and dehydration, she was well enough to return to the SPCA shelter five days later, with strict cage rest.
‘‘She is currently able to stand on her own to go to toilet but that is all she is allowed for the next four weeks.’’
LIFE SAVING: Elle is recovering from her surgery with help from SPCA staff including inspector Lorna Hutchinson.