Squamish SPCA hopes Harold gets the help he needs
October 17, 2013. For immediate release.
He was found on a rural back road, just outside Squamish District boundaries, horribly bruised, injured and neglected. Since arriving at the BC SPCA Squamish Valley Branch, Harold, a wee, wire-haired dachshund mix, has been responding incredibly well to care. But this brave little guy still needs more surgery and a lot of love to get well, and branch staff are hoping the public can help.
While it’s not clear what caused Harold’s injuries, possible burns and blunt-force trauma are suspected, as he had damaged skin and major bruising all over his ribcage and abdomen. The injuries were at least a few weeks old and, even if accidental, Harold was not brought to the vet for necessary treatment. The damaged skin on his hind end and inner right leg had gone necrotic and was horribly infected, says Squamish Valley Branch manager Marika Donnelly.
“Emergency surgery was necessary to remove the dead tissue, which was damaged severely down to muscle,” she says, noting Harold will need another one or two surgeries to slowly close the open wounds as new tissue forms. “It will be a long haul for him but after surgery number one, he’s doing absolutely incredible. When he first came to us, he was weak, lethargic and couldn’t even walk, but a few days after surgery, he’s up and happy.”
The infection Harold had would have killed him had the BC SPCA not received him when they did, she adds. The SPCA is investigating the person or people responsible for Harold’s condition – anyone with information about the case is asked to please call the BC SPCA Cruelty Investigations hotline at 1-855-622-7722.
Harold is receiving round-the-clock care at Eagleview Vet Hospital and staff are taking him home overnight, as he requires round-the-clock care.
“He’s about a year-and-a-half old and very sweet – such a fighter and super spunky,” Donnelly says.
Even though the veterinary hospital has given the BC SPCA a huge discount, Harold still needs about $2,000 to pay for the surgery and care he requires. If you can help Harold and other animals like him in need of care at the Squamish Valley SPCA, please call 604-898-9890, donate in person at 39901 Government Rd., or go online to spca.bc.ca/squamish and click on the ‘donate’ button.
For more information:
Marika Donnelly, branch manager, BC SPCA Squamish Valley Branch, 604-898-9890.
The BC SPCA is a non-profit organization funded primarily by public donations. Our mission is to prevent cruelty and to promote the welfare of animals through a wide range of services, including cruelty investigations, emergency rescue and treatment, sheltering and adoption of homeless and abused animals, humane education, advocacy, farm animal welfare, spay/neuter programs, and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.