Puppies left with ‘shocking’ untreated leg injuries prompting RSPCA appeal

PUBLISHED: 09:04 24 August 2017

Trevor. (Picture: RSPCA North Somerset).

Trevor. (Picture: RSPCA North Somerset).

RSPCA North Somerset

RSPCA inspectors are investigating an ‘exceptional’ case where two puppies were left with untreated leg fractures.

Cassie. (Picture: RSPCA North Somerset)Cassie. (Picture: RSPCA North Somerset)

Cassie and Trevor, both six-month-old puppies, were taken to the RSPCA North Somerset branch in Brent Knoll when the breeders could not find them a new home and were not able to cope.

RSCPA staff became concerned after noticing they were not walking properly.

X-rays showed Cassie had a fresh fracture to one of her back legs, and Trevor had two old, untreated fractures to both back legs.

A spokesman for the charity described the results as ‘shocking’.

Cassie had surgery to fix her leg, but she is going to need physiotherapy and exercise in a swimming pool to strengthen her muscles.

RSPCA branch manager Nikki Tutton said: “Unfortunately as Trevor’s injuries were done several weeks previously, his body has started to repair itself and it is too far gone for surgery for him. He is potentially going to need more therapy, to help him manage his disability.

“It is an exceptional case. We don’t usually see otherwise-healthy puppies with this kind of injury.”

Because the case is so unusual, and has significant costs involved, the charity is asking for donations for the puppies’ treatment.

The RSPCA’s North Somerset branch will continue to cover the initial cost of physiotherapy and pool sessions even when they are found new homes.

Nikki said: “We don’t know how long the therapy is going to be at this stage.

“We want to try to start finding them a home and work with the new owners.

“Whoever takes them must be able to commit to therapy sessions when needed.”

Cassie is currently being looked after at a foster home, but permanent owners are needed for both dogs.

Anyone who wants to donate or offer a home for Cassie and Trevor should call 01278 782671.

If donations go above the amount needed, it will go towards the charity’s £1,000-a-day running costs.

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