- Written by Pati Dane
DRSF 7/10/2014 3:30 pm
DRSF is SO grateful for everyone involved in Victoria's rescue, medical care, donations, prayers and safe transport to Miami. She will be loved and soon try to fill the paws of our previous goodwill ambassador Faith. So looking forward to meeting her!! Special salute to Dalton Georgia Police Officer John Gurrieri who was instrumental in saving this little ones life. You may follow this link to the Free Press story.
Victoria update 7/10 9:50 am
Good morning everyone.... look at me!!! It's Victoria! Doc Dycus just called and gave DRSF a really good report. As you can see I am up and walking today. It was a blessing in disguise that I couldn't use my leg before, 'cause Doc said it gave me a headstart in my adjustment to 3 legs. I am still on pain management but otherwise doing so well that Doc says I can go home today or tomorrow to my foster home until my flight to Fla. I cannot thank everyone enough for the contributions that made my surgery possible and to everyone who prayed and sent well wishes for me. Now it's just recovery and adjustment and I will be running and playing like any 1 year old Dally should. With much love and gratitude, Victoria!
Victoria update 7/9 12:49 pm
Victoria is in recovery now. Doc said her surgery went well. She is on pain meds and has a catheter in place at the site to dispense local pain meds ongoing. The techs will be getting Victoria up and mobile every 4 hours once she has fully woken from anesthesia. Brings back so many memories of Faith. Remembering back 4 years ago and realizing that Faith too was heart-worm positive and underwent her amputation before treatment. Doc said we could start the pretreatment for heart-worms now and that Victoria should be able to withstand treatment within the next 30 days or so. For now, we wish Victoria all the best in these next vital days as she learns to walk on 3 legs and makes her adjustments. More photos to come later this afternoon. DRSF is so grateful to ALL the staff and Doc at the hospital for caring so well for Victoria.
Victoria update 7/9 10:13 pm
10:10am..........The technician just called and Victoria is now in surgery. We've been told we will be contacted just as soon as he is finished and has a report for us!! Praying all goes well for Victoria. Stay tuned for updates.
Victoria update 7/3 12:24 pm
So here's the latest update on Victoria. DRSF just concluded a phone conference/consult with the Victoria's surgeon. Doc highly recommends amputation for many reasons. Aside from the multiple fractures, their location and involvement with her shoulder , Victoria has nerve damage, whether it be temporary or permanent is unknown at this time. Surgery to repair the fractures would consist of 2 large plates and screws with no guarantees of full use of her leg. Considering the unknown source (and prognosis) of the nerve damage, Doc stated that Victoria would likely be facing ultimate amputation even after all the procedures to try to save her leg had been performed. All that said, it has been decided that since Victoria is walking 3-legged now anyway and has no use of her leg, she is a young Dally who would thrive nicely and adjust well to amputation. With Faith at the Bridge cheering her on, a wonderful current host foster family and all the love and care she will continue to receive here in So Fla, Victoria has been given a new leash on life. Minor adjustments are just speed bumps in her life that may have otherwise been lost being hit by a car. We have every confidence and hope in a wonderful outcome and bright future for Victoria. DRSF just received the faxed estimate for all inclusive surgery, treatments, supportive care, etc. to be $2,200. We will be setting up a fundraiser now that we know our intended goal. PLEASE SHARE with anyone you know can make a tax deductible donation for Victoria! Any amount will help and many thanks to those pledges coming in and for those who have already donated! Please click the Donate button in the menu above and help Victoria!
Victoria update 7/1 5:30 pm
DRSF is waiting on a call from a surgeon staffed at the the animal hospital who saw and treated Victoria on her emergency visit which is expected in the am tomorrow. With high hopes and a very positive attitude, we are moving forward. Pilot Keith has already booked Victoria's flight for Saturday, 7/12 to South Florida. In the meantime, we will consult with Doc and come up with a game plan absolutely with Victoria's future and health number one. Thanks so much to the donations that are starting to come in and pledges to contribute. We will certainly need them! Our mailing address is Dalmatian Rescue, Inc. PO Box 640108 North Miami Beach, Fl. 33164, our Paypal address is , or you may click the Donate button in the menu above. A contribution of any amount will surely help and will be directly applied toward Victoria. This sweet little Dal has developed a fan club already and we are all rooting for her!!!
Victoria update 6/30
A very nice on duty police officer found me in the middle of the road yesterday after I was hit by a car. I am about 2 years of age and about 35 lbs. I have 3 fractures in my front leg and shoulder. The vet that saw me recommended amputation. For now I am splinted and wrapped and resting until DRSF takes me in. I am near Atlanta and will soon be flying to So Fla with pilot Keith. DRSF just finished a fundraiser successfully treating some Dals for heart-worms. The organization would be hard pressed to afford my surgery and will be fundraising again. I am so grateful to have been saved from the street and am very hopeful that DRSF can help me. I was told about Faith who lost her front leg and managed well. I understand she is at the Bridge now due to aggressive cancer, but while she was here, she was the "goodwill ambassador" for DRSF. I know I will have some mighty paws to fill to live up to Faith's reputation, but if given the chance I will do my very best. My tail is wagging through my adversity and my outlook