Mighty Mouse, an aptly named Chihuahua-terrier mix, was only four months old when a child put him in a microwave oven for 15 seconds. The two and a half pound puppy has undergone the first round of several planned surgeries to save his life. Details of why the child put the dog in the microwave have not been disclosed.
The dog was surrendered to a public animal shelter in Santa Clara County shortly after the incident. A week later, Hopalong Animal Rescue in Emeryville, CA became involved in the case and took possession of the dog.
The dog's anus and colon were severely damaged, and doctors had to do skin and muscle reconstruction surgery to alleviate the pain.
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 500 children annually about animal safety, will now include a component linked to the microwave incident, said the Executive Director of Hopalong, Christina Alvarez.
To Help Mighty Mouse
Go online to www.hopalong.org or send a check to Hopalong & Second Chance Animal Rescue at P.O. Box 27507, Oakland, CA 94602. The group is also accepting adoption applications through its website.
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