Voilet (A0977452 rescued from the Riverside Shelter where she ended up after being transferred from an Emergency Services clinic) was so named due to the purple staining all over her fur. She had been abandoned at the clinic by someone who said they had found her. In turn, the Emergency Clinic called Animal Services to remove her as there was no responsible party to pay for her medical costs. She had to go on a “stray hold” in case an Owner came looking for her but as soon as that was over we were able to transfer her over to our Veterinarian. We had no idea of the condition she was in until we actually opened her carrier at the veterinary office. We were all shocked by what we saw. The purple and yellow staining we believe are not involved in any way with her horrific injuries. Initially, our experienced Veterinarian thought acid burns as the skin is necrotic and is falling off her. After a full evaluation and x-rays we now believe she was attacked by a very large, powerfully jawed dog or coyote. For those who think we should have automatically thought of humane euthanasia, we did think of that fleetingly but her will to live is very strong. She endured her injuries with just mild antibiotics and pain medication for 5 days while at the shelter. They did an amazing job of making sure her injuries did not get infected. Violet is eating and drinking on her own, wants attention and she is alert. Therefore, we will do whatever we can to repair the extensive damage to her body. Our Veterinarian is going to use the mesh used for burn victims to support the skin in a hope it will initially mesh together – with time. With strong antibiotics and other medical support she will get all the emotional and nutritional support from us. If at any time she had wanted to give up the fight we would have allowed her but throughout the 8-months of healing she faced every challenge with stoicism.
December 22nd, 2012
Latest photo’s of Violet’s skin graft surgeries…. It was a very slow process as she did not have the best veins and the new skin had to constantly be replaced as it died the further away it was to the main blood supply. Dr. Jones from ER4Pets was amazing and procured surgical mesh, used for human burn patients, donated for Violet. The most difficult area to heal was over her shoulders as it was very difficult to immobilize, to allow the skin graft to take….
January 18th, 2013
Violet was making slow, but steady improvement. Dr. Jones and her staff designed a box for Violet to wear to keep her shoulders immobilized. She was being fed by hand at this time. Throughout all this ordeal, Violet never one snapped or tried to bite…..and a muzzle never had to be used during any of the procedures. She is an amazing little girl.
Time to leave the veterinary surgery, after a six-month stay! Saying Goodbye to Dr. Jones.
Violet in her furever home, with her fur-Brother Rocky and her Mama! We could not have asked for a more perfect couple to have adopted her! They patiently watched Violet’s journey and when they were settled and able to offer her a home, stepped forward, which coincided perfectly with Violet’s availability for adoption!
We want to say a HUGE “Thank You” to everyone who helped with donations during Violet’s arduous ordeal. Ms. Sandy E. from Michigan was a consistent donator to Violet’s $10,000 veterinary bill. With everyone contributing, we were able to pay it off. It was worth every penny to give this beautiful little Pomeranian a new leash of life.
We were very fortunate that Margie Arnett, as Science Teacher at Estacada Junior High School in Oregon, challenged her class to fund raise towards Violet’s veterinary bills. Along with an amazing $400 cheque they sent us some wonderful letters.