Yesterday, we got a call from the police, who had found a dog with her two front paws amputated by an illegal hunters’ trap. The nearest volunteers rushed to the scene and sent us photos and videos. They were horrifying. There she was, in the middle of nowhere, trying valiantly to take refuge in the sparse shade of an olive tree.
The video speaks for itself; one of her paws is hanging by a thread of skin and muscle, and the other is nearly completely amputated too, with only one digit left.
We have called her Alice.
She was hungry and terrified, and sought protection as well as she could underneath an abandoned truck. Her wounds are several days’ old. It is hard to imagine her pain all that time.
When we finally managed to catch her, Alice was immediately rushed to the Valencia Sur Veterinary Hospital where she is in Intensive Care.
PLEASE WATCH HER VIDEO:
Her two paws are destroyed and sectioned on the carpal level. Our only option is to fit her with two endoprostheses using the technique developed by surgeon Noel Fitzpatrick. This technique implants the prosthesis inside the bone; nerves, muscles and skin grow over it and it eventually becomes part of the body.
Alice is now being stabilised in Intensive Care. We will first have to amputate what is left of her paws and then get her ready for the prosthetic implants.
Alice is not to blame for having been born in a place where there is no respect for animals or animal protection laws. Her recovery is going to be difficult, but not impossible, and we are going to need your help.