Microwaved Chihuahua mix fights for life
A Chihuahua-terrier mix who was only four weeks old when a child placed him in a microwave oven for 15 seconds underwent the first of several planned surgeries this week in an attempt to allow him to return to a normal life.
Officials at Hopalong Animal Rescue in Emeryville, Calif., say a four-year-old child put the 2 1/2-pound puppy in a microwave earlier this year — for reasons they don’t know — causing him to be severely burned.
Hopalong became involved with the case a week ago after receiving the dog from a public animal shelter in Santa Clara County, where the dog had lived since his owners surrendered him after the incident.
According to an article appearing in the San Jose Mercury News, the dog’s anus and colon were severely damaged, and doctors had to do skin and muscle reconstruction surgery to alleviate the pain, which makes him scream when he defecates.
The dog, who the rescue organization has named Mighty Mouse — “for his determined effort to live despite his extreme pain and injuries” — came through this weeks surgery well and is resting comfortably, said Christina Alvarez, executive director of Hopalong. But he has more surgery ahead.
Hopalong is trying to raise $12,000 to help cover the cost of a pre-surgery assessment, the surgery, and to fund a school-based, animal safety and education program for elementary, middle and high school students.
The group’s education program, which teaches about 500 children annually about animal safety, will now include a component linked to the microwave incident, Alvarez said.
“Mighty Mouse suffers from terrible pain, but with the community’s help, we can provide the medical treatment he requires that will give him a chance for the quality of life he deserves,” she said.
To help, go online to www.hopalong.org. The group is also accepting adoption applications on its website.
Posted by John Woestendiek May 4th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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