Surgery saves Elle

Do­na­tions cover cost

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.’’

Photo: SUPPLIED

LIFE SAV­ING: Elle is re­cov­er­ing from her surgery with help from SPCA staff in­clud­ing in­spec­tor Lorna Hutchinson.

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