Crying paw on treatment

Mabel requires multiple surgeries.
Mabel requires multiple surgeries.

A passerby came across the canine and took her to an emergency vet, where she received pain relief until her owners could be located.

But the terrier crossbreed, dubbed Mabel, had no identification and no one claimed her despite appeals on social media.

Concerned staff at the vet contacted the Homeless and Abused Animal Rescue Team (HAART) as she urgently needed an operation for survival.

HAART spokesman Dave Forster said it had become a race against time.

‘We agreed with the vet she deserved the best chance of survival,’ he said.

‘She will need surgery that will cost around $20,000. We need to raise that money by Friday so she can be booked in for surgery.’

He said an initial examination found the dog had a dislocated and displaced left elbow, dislocated and displaced left hock and a fractured right femur.

‘She had a $5000 surgery to try fix these injuries, including plates and wire repairs, but unfortunately, due to the nature of the injuries, the location of them and her bone structure, they failed,’ he said.

Mr Forster said it was heartbreaking to see animals left in that state.

‘But it gets easier after each rescue; you know they are going on to receive excellent love and care for the rest of their lives,’ he said.

‘Specialist orthopaedic vets have recommended more surgery to get Mabel back to health. She will need three more operations.’

The first operation will correct the fractured femur by using a plate and rod combination. The second will fuse the joint together. The third operation will assess her left elbow and may involve ligament repair/prosthesis or potentially require an elbow fusion if the joint is not salvageable.

‘These operations will enable her to walk again and be pain-free,’ he said.

‘Her foster carer generously donated $4000 for the deposit of the operation.

‘We really just want to raise money so we can do these things to help her.’

Mr Forster said they were still keen to contact the owners, who may be elderly.

‘We have awareness campaigns on social media but the owners may be elderly and not use social media,’ he said.

‘She will require 12 months of rehab after the operations and so we are also looking for more foster carers.’

Last week’s public appeals netted $18,000 but ongoing care and costs for Mabel are expected to add another $10,000 to the $25,000 bill.