She’s a bundle of exuberant, affectionate energy who doesn’t even seem to notice her paralyzed front leg. Ellie, a sweet black Labrador, needs a little help from her animal-loving friends to get an amputation surgery she desperately needs.
Injured in an accident with her former guardian last year, Ellie went to a family friend after her previous guardian unfortunately, passed away. The friend was unable to afford her care and she was recently surrendered to the Quesnel SPCA shelter with a paralyzed left front leg.
“When the accident happened, Ellie’s shoulder was dislocated and broken. It went untreated and the shoulder did not heal properly, due to nerve damage at the time of the injury, leaving her leg paralyzed,” says branch manager Colby O’Flynn. “If that wasn’t enough, Ellie – being the bouncy ball of energy that she is – landed on the leg awkwardly, breaking it in other locations that then healed improperly, causing the leg to be limp and deformed.”
The only option for Ellie now is a full amputation of her front left leg and shoulder, O’Flynn says.
“Ellie has adjusted to life without the use of her leg but because she has no muscle control over the leg, she is unable to hold it up, which means the leg drags on the ground and gets stuck under her when she is trying to walk or lay down,” she says.
The estimated cost of the surgery needed is $1,500, and that doesn’t include the extensive aftercare and rehabilitation Ellie will require.
“She has persevered through so much already for a 14-month-old, and this surgery will allow her to live a full and active life, worry-free, in a new adoptive home,” says O’Flynn. “She’s such a fun, loving and energetic girl who puts a smile on the face of everyone who meets her. We don’t think this surgery will slow her down – she refuses to let her disability stop her from having a great time.”
Those who wish to help Ellie and other animals like her in need at the Quesnel SPCA can donate online or in person at 1000 Carson Pit Rd., Quesnel.
The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.