Sweet Chihuahua Dies During Surgery
Normally we don’t report sad stories that don’t end well. When we wrote about the chihuahua with the 2 broken legs, who had been found in a dumpster, we were very hopeful that the dog would have a great life. We were happy for the cute little chihuahua with her little cute pink casts. We thought she was saved.
We felt the care of all you readers and the hope you all had for the sweet dog.
But unfortunately she didn’t make it. She died of a cardiac arrest during surgery. Although she didn’t make it, she is a reminder to all of us how important it is to keep animal abuse in our awareness. Only then we can help diminish the cruelty that is done to so many helpless critters.
Thank you all for caring.
The puppy, named Darla by Sonoma County animal shelter staff, died Monday, Animal Services Director John Skeel said.
“Everyone is really saddened, but if it has helped to bring to attention all the other animals that are neglected and abused in our community, then she did not die in vain,” Skeel said.
The puppy was an estimated 12-to-16 weeks old and weighed about two pounds, said Dan Famini, a contract veterinarian for the county who also heads the SRJC veterinary technician program.
Scott Fetherston, a veterinary orthopedic surgeon, performed the operation, a high-risk bone plating procedure required to save the dog’s legs, said Famini, who assisted in the procedure.
The dog went into cardiac arrest after the surgery and although staff revived the dog’s heart and lungs, brain function never returned, Famini said.
“When she went into (cardiac) arrest the second time, we let her go,” Famini said.
Famini said the veterinary team opted for surgery and not amputation in part because the loss of both front legs especially is a large disability for animals to overcome.
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