Pregnant pit bull to undergo life-saving caesarian section
January 21, 2010
Pepper the starving pit bull is about to go into labour with six large puppies, but thanks to an untreated pelvic injury, she needs a caesarean section to deliver them.
"It's a heartbreaking case," says Leon Davis, manager of the BC SPCA's Nanaimo Branch. "She's only two years old and she's already been through so much, but she's got a wonderfully sweet demeanor and we know she'll be a great mom."
Pepper was surrendered to the SPCA after she was hit by a car and her former guardian refused to take her to a vet. In addition to a broken pelvis, Pepper had internal parasites, she was covered in scabs and her hips protruded from her sides.
She's expected to go into labour any day, but her broken pelvis means she may not be able to deliver her puppies.
"That's why we're going to do a C-section," says Davis. "And we'll repair her pelvis at the same time."
Davis says Pepper has stolen the hearts of all the staff and volunteers at his branch, as well as the foster family who is caring for her until she goes into labour.
"She's just a lovely dog and we're blessed to be able to give her a second chance."
The BC SPCA is a non-profit organization entirely reliant on donations from the public. Pepper's C-section is estimated to cost $600 to $800; with a pelvic repair, the total operation is estimated at $2,500.
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.