Quincy’s sec­ond chance

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

A PUPPY that cap­tured the hearts of the Perth com­mu­nity will un­dergo surgery on Wed­nes­day to cor­rect heart de­fects.

Two-month-old red heeler Quincy suf­fers two con­gen­i­tal heart con­di­tions and will die with­out treat­ment.

Owner Dean Hux­ley, man­ager and an­i­mal care co­or­di­na­tor at Bi­bra Lake’s Na­tive Arc, said any de­lay could lead to the puppy de­vel­op­ing pneu­mo­nia, mak­ing surgery un­vi­able.

“The surgery is quite com­pli­cated and is es­sen­tially open heart surgery, so there are lots of risks,” he said.

“We are for­tu­nate to have a spe­cial­ist anaes­the­si­ol­o­gist work­ing on the surgery, which is great.”

Surgery is sched­uled for Wed­nes­day at Os­borne Park’s Perth Vet­eri­nary Spe­cial­ists and the puppy’s own­ers are con­fi­dent surgery will mean Quincy will live a long and healthy life.

Mr Hux­ley and part­ner Ge­or­gia Row­ley adopted Quincy and sib­ling Echo af­ter the pup­pies were sur­ren­dered to the Melville An­i­mal Hos­pi­tal, where Ms Row­ley is a vet nurse.

They were un­able to af­ford the $8000 costs as­so­ci­ated with the surgery and put the call out on­line. The com­mu­nity was quick to help.

“We are so thank­ful to the com­mu­nity and ev­ery­one who has do­nated money or helped spread Quincy’s story,” Mr Hux­ley said.

“We have re­ceived pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive feed­back from peo­ple and we un­der­stand it’s a lot of has­sle and money for one dog, but in our fields of work small vic­to­ries and ev­ery life is im­por­tant.

“Both Ge­or­gia and I live by one very sim­ple quote: ‘The idea that some lives mat­ter less is the root of all that is wrong with the world’.

“Even if Quincy doesn’t make it we have done our best with the sup­port of hun­dreds of gen­er­ous mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to give Quincy a chance – some­thing she never had.”

To keep up to date, search Save Quincy on Face­book.

Quincy needs life-savng heart surgery.

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