Having survived unspeakable cruelty from an early age, Bambi is one courageous little fighter who is due a change in luck.
Having been cruelly thrown from a moving van on a busy road, Bambi came to us filthy, severely underweight, with sores all over her little body. The memory of her poorly, mistreated and malnourished figure is one that will haunt the staff and volunteers, who initially welcomed her, for a long time.
As dreadful as her general state of wellbeing was, it still wasn’t the most concerning thing about Bambi’s appearance. When standing naturally, her back end was curling under her hips and her back legs appeared to be buckling under the pressure.
At first glance, it looked like she had suffered a severe spinal injury. In fact, the emergency vets who had seen her before she arrived at NAWT had initially advised euthanasia as the kindest solution. Thankfully, there are rules around stray dogs, which state an owner must be allowed seven days to come forward and claim their dog. This rule saved Bambi’s life.
It was clear that Bambi was in a lot of pain and struggling to walk when we first met her, so we rushed her in to our vets for further examination.
It was only then that we found out her condition was something she had lived with from birth. She has one of the worst cases of something called ‘lateral luxating patellae’ that anyone at NAWT had ever seen.
Above: This is how Bambi stands, she has even been dubbed 'the mermaid puppy' by staff because of the strange shape her legs make
It means her kneecaps are out of place and over time have moved to the outside of the knee joint. This has caused her legs to twist unnaturally, making it incredibly painful for her to walk and significantly limiting her movement.
We’ve established that Bambi is quite a young dog and estimate her age to be around 12-months-old. As you can imagine, she is desperate to run and play like every other dog her age, and she’s proven herself to be a tough little cookie as she battles her disability on a daily basis, with a wagging tail and a huge zest for life.
But her fighting spirit is causing her further problems. She suffers from a constant sore (pictured below) on the top of her left foot, where she drags it along behind her as she plays. She over-exercises, desperate to run and play, and tires herself out so that she’s left having to play laying down.
Above: Bambi's sore as detailed
If we don’t help her now, Bambi’s condition will deteriorate, and this lovely little dog, who is owed so much in human kindness, will be left in unbearable pain. We won’t allow that to happen.
Michael Hamilton of Hamilton Specialist Referrals has kindly agreed to help her back on all four feet, with a 50 per cent discount on her surgery. After this generous discount, the total cost for surgery on both legs, along with physio and hydrotherapy to rebuild muscle and ensure the kneecaps stay in place, is £5,500.
This is an enormous expense for a charity like ours, where every single penny is accounted for. However, it’s an expense that will allow a beautiful natured little dog, who has been so harshly betrayed by humans in the past, the chance to live the life she deserves.
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