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Cochise Canine Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant Report

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Medical care/surgeries for Bella (hernia repair and spay) and Buddy (leg amputation.) Of the $693, $482.73 went to paying for Bella's surgery, with the remaining $210.27 going toward Buddy's leg amputation.

The grant enabled us to move forward with two surgeries which were immediately needed, and alleviate the suffering for these two animals.

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Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Due to their need for extreme medical care, neither dog will be listed for adoption until they are fully healed. Bella (first photo) arrived in December 2016 from the euthanasia list at Maricopa Animal Control. Her two hernias were so severe that it was difficult to find a surgeon in southern Arizona willing to operate on her. We found a surgeon, Dr. Brett Cordes, in north Scottsdale, who performed the first of her surgeries in February 2017. They were unable, at that time, to spay her due to the invasiveness of the original surgery. They did remove her spleen, however, as it was compromised by the hernia. At that time, he let us know that she would eventually need a second surgery to further repair the hernias. On Jan. 2, 2018, she was brought in for an ultrasound to see what needed to be done. It was discovered that during her healing time, her ovaries had moved into the rent caused by the smaller, remaining hernia. On Jan. 23, she was again brought up to Dr. Cordes’ offices at Arizona Animal Hospital, where the second surgery was performed. Although her muscle walls are still more fragile than we would have liked, it is hoped that this will be the last of her needed surgeries.

Buddy’s (fourth photo) left front leg had been broken MANY months ago … but he was never taken to a veterinarian to have the leg splinted. As a result, Buddy has lost use of the misaligned leg. To make matters even worse, just a few days before Christmas, his owners (he is on their sofa in the picture)
dumped this 2-year-old Chihuahua at Pinal pound. While many other little dogs were adopted or rescued, Buddy languished in fear and discomfort over the holidays. Although Cochise Canine really had a “full house,” we just could not, in good conscience, allow this little boy to suffer any longer!

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