Shelter seeks help for puppy with spinal injury

Shelter seeks help for puppy with spinal injury
Shelter asks for help for puppy with spinal injury

Last week, a small Black Lab mixed puppy was brought to the Kansas City Missouri Animal Shelter after she was found injured on a roadway. Outwardly, the puppy appeared to just have a few scrapes - but she was having difficulty walking. Mattie, as she is now known, was also whining in pain.

Mattie was transported to Amity Woods Animal Hospital in Kansas City for evaluation. Doctors there found she had suffered injury to her spine. Her back was broken. If the injury was left alone, her spinal cord could be severed- and she might be permanently paralyzed or even die.

Kansas City Pet Project's Executive Director Teresa Johnson knew she had to act fast for the puppy to have the best outcome. Johnson made the decision to send Mattie to the University of Missouri Veterinary Hospital in Columbia, Missouri.

The Veterinary Neurosurgery team at MU agreed that the puppy was a candidate for the life-saving surgery. Saturday, she underwent surgery to stabilize her spine.

Mattie is in stable condition and resting now. When she is fully recovered, she will be ready for adoption.

The immediate concern is to find her a qualified foster home and to raise the funds to cover her surgery and hospitalization costs of $3000. The shelter has started a "Chip In" to help to with Mattie's medical costs. To donate Click HERE

KC Pet Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. The Kansas City, Missouri Animal Shelter managed by Kansas City Pet Project is located at 4400 Raytown Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64129 (816) 513-9821

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