11 years ago someone tied an small black puppy to the railway track. For hours, the puppy tried to free herself. All her efforts were in vain. By the time the train arrived she had already given up fighting. The train sliced through her leg, amputating it.
There were witnesses to that horror… people went down to the tracks and recovered the mangled body. She was in shock, but alive. They called her Moon.
Moon was rushed to a shelter where she received emergency care and days later they fixed up the badly managed leg. Miraculously Moon survived and learned to live with her dissability.
That was more than a decade ago. Moon has spent her entire life in that shelter. Orphan, without a family.
Last week someone noticed she was limping and to their surprise they noticed that under her black fur she had developed a huge mass. After all these years, the shelter wouldn´t be able to do anything else for her, and she was scheduled for euthanasia.
For days they seek for assistance but no rescue organisation was ready to take on an old dog with three legs and a tumor. At that point we were asked for help.
Moon´s present a very complex problem. We have done a CT scan and the Mass has already started eating the bone. To everyone looks like the only solution would be to amputate the leg. But we could do another thing… The name of the procedure is: Scapulectomy, and it involves CUTTING OFF THE TUMOR AND THE SHOULDER BLADE while SAVING THE ELBOW JOINT AND THE LEG.
The procedure would be very complicated but this would the MOON´S ONLY CHANCE.
That mass is huge and it presents a grave risk for a dog of Moon´s size. If Moon is to live the tumor has to go. But if the tumor goes we must also make sure Moon is able to have quality of life, and for that she needs to, at least, be able to walk.
Look at Moon.. an 11 year old three legged black dog… she is, unfortunately, not the kind of dog people will rush to help. She only has one chance, and that chance is us.
This is going to be a massive challenge both for Moon and for us, but she is brave and strong, and she has us by her side, ready to help.
Update 20 July
Moon was operated last weekend… What an incredible girl. Please watch the video of her surgery, you will see what we had to do to eliminate the massive tumor that was eating her alive… I know it´s hard but you need to see this…
P.S. After her surgery and recovery Moon is going to need an amazing home where she can have the family life that she never experienced.
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