Of all animal abuse cases we deal with it´s the slow, extended and callous types that really get me. There are people capable of watching an animal die slowly, of seeing them decay in front of their eyes, and of doing nothing.
We received a telephone call a couple of days ago… a woman wanted someone to do something for her neighbour’s dog. She was horrified and she was begging for help.
We asked her to send us a picture and she sent us THIS!!!
We couldn´t believe our eyes. At first we couldn´t really understand what we were looking at.
We were in tears… so immediately we phoned and asked for more details. Apparently someone hit AVA on the face with a wooden stick two years ago. During this time she was denied treatment, and progressively got worse... and worse… and now she was clearly rotting away and their home smelled bad, so the owner wanted to get rid of her...
Our shock was huge, knowing how AVA had been suffering all that time. Two years of brutal pain, her face swelling, infection eating her bones, muscle, tissues away… Her pain… it´s beyond comprehension.
Yesterday we drove there and we rescued AVA. Her owner was delighted to give her away, she couldn´t stand her; she smelled like death, she said.
We gave her a long hard look, held AVA tight in our arms and drove away…
AVA is now in Intensive Care at one of the best Referral Hospitals in the country. Her blood tests are appalling and reflect years of chronic infection and neglect. We don´t understand how she has been able to survive for so long…
AVA is in the best possible hands right now. We are working hard at stabilising her and as soon as her albumin levels allow it, we will sedate her and perform a CT scan to properly asses the destruction of her face and skull.
AVA is going to need extremely specialised care and possibly several surgeries to recover from her ordeal, but we promise you we will do ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING to see her tiny beautiful face smile again…
Her blood levels are terrible and SHE NEEDS ALL THE HELP WE CAN GIVE HER... This is why she is receiving a BLOOD TRANSFUSION. As soon as she is able to withstand sedation we will do a CT Scan to fully understand the extent of the damage!!!
UPDATE FROM THE HOSPITAL!!! WE HAVE JUST PERFORMED A CT SCAN ON AVA!!!!
I can only tell you one thing… I have just gone through SOME OF THE MOST MOVING MOMENTS IN MY LIFE AS A RESCUER. AVA has done great, such a beautiful little fighter. Since she arrived to our hospital she seemed to realise that she was in good hands, and just let herself be loved.
We immediately started pumping her with antibiotics, we stabilised her, gave her a blood transfusion at a moment when she was crashing… This afternoon, with her hematocrits level on 25, we sedated her and performed her CT Scan.
AVA is resting now… we did a biopsy, tests are being performed. I have never seen a mass of this size.
THIS EVENING, OUR MEDICAL TEAM WILL CONVENE and we will take an IN-DEPTH LOOK AT ALL RESULTS...
TODAY IS A SAD DAY, A VERY SAD DAY!
WE ARE DEVASTATED! AVA HAS CANCER… AND IT IS INOPERABLE!!!
We have just met with the medical team and, in tears, analysed the CT images. Cancer is eating her alive… it has been eating her alive for TWO YEARS!
The nasal bone and turbinates are completely destroyed by a mass that invades the entire nasal cavity, is mineralised and uptakes contrast.
The image is suggestive of ADVANCED NASAL CHONDROSARCOMA.
The cytology is also compatible with sarcoma.
The cancer is in such an advanced stage that is it completely inoperable.
Those of you who have been following us for years know how hard we fight for our rescues. Some think that we work miracles, but no, it is all thanks to the animals’ will to live combined with amazing support from our friends, from you.
But sometimes we find cases for which even all our hard work and one of the country’s best team of veterinarians can do nothing.
We are so sorry.
Join us in crying for a little dog that you never met but who, in just a few hours, became an important part of all our lives.
So long as we are being remembered, we remain alive.
You, my friend, will live forever.
We did everything, absolutely everything for her. We wanted her to live her remaining years surrounded by peace and love. It wasn´t possible. AVA has died victim of the cruelty and indifference of people.