Priscilla came into the AHS Newark facility not unlike many other dogs that have come in before her- disheartened, disheveled, and discarded by an owner that just did not care enough to give her the safe and loving life that she deserved. It's a sad fact in a busy, inner city shelter that you're going to see beautiful and sweet animals from all walks of life who started out with every intention of being a beloved family member, only to later find themselves tossed out in the streets, needing help and hoping that someone comes along that will care enough to help. Priscilla needed help, and help her we did.
When she arrived, she was completely overgrown and looked as if she had been neglected for quite a while. She was matted and messy, and in desperate need of a good, long spa day. Our groomer got to work on this darling little lady, who was happy to be getting some attention. The shaving of the mats commenced and once the groomer got down to the legs, she noticed more than just some mats entangling Priscilla's little leg. A rubber band was discovered nearly embedded in Priscilla's left front leg. How it got there or why someone put it there is a good question, but one that we will never have the answer for. It was easy to see that this rubber band was not only causing pain and discomfort for Priscilla, but that she had something very serious going on with that little leg of hers.
Priscilla was taken straight to Animal Emergency & Referral Associates in Fairfield, NJ, where she was examined by the veterinarian and radiographs were taken. It was shocking to learn that little Priscilla was suffering with multiple issues in her front leg, most likely caused by the blood flow being cut off. Her carpal bone was literally disintegrating. Priscilla was immediately placed in a splint to stabilize her leg until further investigation of the issues could be done, and she was made very comfortable with pain medications. After staying in the hospital for the weekend, she was moved to our AHS Tinton Falls facility where she is currently on cage-rest and our medical department can keep a close eye on her until we take the next step in her treatment.
Several options are currently being considered by our veterinarians. All of the options require surgery but the difficult part is determining which course of action to take in order to ensure that Priscilla will live a full, happy, pain-free life going forward. The surgery that may save her leg is quite an extensive one and one that must be performed by a specialist and that is the option that we are leaning toward currently. The surgery alone is around $5000 so once again, our Res-Q Fund will be stretched to the limit. As you know, so many special needs cases have come to us recently that have been victims of abuse, neglect and cruelty, and every one of those cases deserves the best chance possible at a full recovery. Priscilla is no exception. Please consider making a donation to our Res-Q Fund or text HumaneHelp to 41444 .
Priscilla is only about 4 years old and she is such a sweet, gentle, loving little girl that deserves the best out of life. Please help us to make her life so much better by contributing toward her care. Thank you for your support, and we will update again soon on her condition.
For more information on Priscilla or her condition, please call AHS Tinton Falls at 732-922-0100 or email us.