UPDATE: In an attempt to save Mimi’s leg, veterinarians have taken a conservative approach. On Sunday morning, Zach Skow’s update included the following optimistic post: “…She is putting weight on her foot without hesitation, which boggles my mind. She has considerable injuries, down to the bone in three spots, including her entire ankle, but it doesn’t slow her down, and she is focused on improvement.” A secret Santa is matching donations; for every two dollars contributed to Mimi’s medical care, a dollar will be matched. Check out Mimi’s latest video.
Not far from Tehachapi, California, the owner of a two-year-old brindle Mastiff drove up to a veterinarian clinic on Tuesday to surrender his dog. According to Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue, the dog’s owner stated he didn’t have the money to euthanize his sweet, pure bred Bull Mastiff dog named Mimi, however there’s far more to the story.
Mimi was not suffering a life threatening injury; rather she has an untreated leg injury her owner never treated; thus the dog’s leg became severely infected. Experts agree the dog’s injury was left for weeks without any treatment. Mimi’s owner was not willing to cover any of the costs required to treat his dog, so the hospital and Marley’s Mutts have teamed up to help. Where one might have garnered sympathy for the owner had he not been able to afford Mimi’s care, however doubt arose as the dog arrived in the trunk compartment of a $50,000+ Hummer H2. The owner told the rescuers he had purchased Mimi for $1,000 and had her flown in from Iowa as a puppy; she had always been an outside dog, and had never known a soft bed by the hearth nor a pampered life; and when she arrived, everyone agreed she was in excruciating pain.
At the veterinarian office, it didn’t take Mimi long to win over the hearts of the staff members and rescuers. “She won’t quit, she won’t hate; she will love and she will persevere,” stated Zach Skow, the founder of Marley’s Mutts Rescue on the organization’s Facebook page. At this time, Mimi is at least 20 pounds underweight; more than likely from being in pain from her untreated, infected injury. Click here to meet Mimi in her first short video.
On Wednesday morning, Mimi’s update was posted. With Dr. Joshua Freng at Tehachapi Veterinary Hospital, Mimi has been made more comfortable and has been reported to be eating. An examination and follow-up radiographs reveal a broken bone in her leg which had partially healed. The injury she sustained, which went untreated and manifested into what she currently has, could have been treated with a simple splint and E-collar. At this time, there is a question whether her leg can be saved or she will need to go through with the amputation. Specialists have been consulted and surgeons at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital want to examine her and see if they can save the leg or limit the extent of the amputation to allow for a prosthetic. Either way, treatment will be expensive, but Mimi is more than worth the effort.
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