A small white poodle was run over by a policeman in Tijuana, Mexico, seriously injuring him. According to eyewitness accounts, the policeman was aware he hit the dog, but he intentionally left him to suffer on the side of the road. Although such apathy is despicable to many who love animals, others would argue that law enforcement officers in this city have much more pressing matters to worry about than a dying dog. According to the Overseas Security Advisory Council, “Tijuana is a highly strategic location for narcotic and human trafficking, and violent crime continues to be a part of everyday life.”
It is a sad situation and maybe it did present a conundrum to the cop; maybe it didn’t. Whatever the case, the small, male, white poodle laid in the same spot for three days. Thereafter, he started dragging himself around using his front paws. Independent rescuers were notified about him by neighboring business owners and residents. After a lot of searching, independent rescuer Norma Luna was able to find him and immediately rushed him to the vet, Dr. Melecio.
X-rays were taken to determine the extent of his injuries. They were bad. (See x-rays in slideshow, but be forewarned the some of the images may be disturbing.) The little boy, now named Kiwi, suffered extensive injuries, including a broken hip, multiple fractures to his femur, exposed bone and anemia. The vet said he could save his leg, but would need immediate surgery to avoid sepsis.
The problem rescuers faced, however, was how they were going to pay for the cost for his surgery and vet care, which was high, although much lower compared to the U.S. In desperate need for immediate funds to cover Kiwi’s surgery, pleas went out on social media. After five days, all but 400 pesos was collected. Dr. Melecio kindly agreed to perform the surgery, despite the balance on the account.
About five or six days after Kiwi was found, he finally underwent surgery to repair his broken body, which was performed on two separate days. The first surgery was to repair the fractures to his femur. The second surgery was to fix his hip. After both surgeries were completed, the vet was very concerned about Kiwi’s anemia, so his hospital stay was extended by three weeks.
The vet finally gave the “okay” that Kiwi could leave his care. Kiwi was able to spend the night with Luna. Unfortunately, her job demands prevented her from continuing to foster him. She took him back to the vet for boarding until Thursday, at which time she and Beatriz Barnard, another independent rescuer in Tijuana, will take over.
Kiwi is a sweet dog, but there is no doubt he is very much in pain, as evidenced by his extreme protest when the vet or fosters attempt to clean his wounds. He is still being treated for anemia and will need his pins removed. He can stand and walk, but it seems rehab is in order.
In the meantime, the foster needs clean towels, blankets and diapers while in her care. Anyone who can donate these supplies is asked to send them to Beatriz Barnard at 2461 Golcrest Loop, Chula Vista, Calif. 91915.
Anyone who can donate to the rescue willing to take Kiwi is asked to make a pledge by sending an email to bOrDerStrAYsResQ@cox.net and notate “For Kiwi” and the amount being pledged. Once a rescue takes Kiwi, pledgers will be asked to honor their pledges by donating to that rescue. Barnard is willing and able to transport Kiwi to the U.S.