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 co-ordinator 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.