Argus readers help pup have second chance
8:10am Saturday 22nd September 2012 in Gwent news
KIND hearted Argus readers raised £1,400 to help save a ten-week-old whippet pup Asha who faced being put down.
Four Paws Animal Rescue made an appeal through Your Argus to give Asha a second chance at life.
The pup has hydrocephalus, or fluid on the brain, which has caused near blindness, and possible brain damage.
After being alerted by the vet due to put him down, the charity stepped in.
The charity needed the money for Asha to have an MRI scan to determine the extent of the damage and provide a better idea of treatment options, if any.
The appeal was successful and he has now had the scan that shown that without intervention then Asha would have had a very limited life expectancy.
The vets have confirmed that he is a candidate for an operation to insert a shunt which will remain in place to help drain off the fluid as it builds up.
A spokeswoman for Four Paws Animal Rescue said: “The operation won’t fix him, he will still have very limited vision, some mental impairment and a slightly misshapen head but it should increase his life expectancy.
“This is a risky operation at the best of times but for such a young pup it is high risk. Dogs with hydrocephalus sometimes don’t tolerate anaesthetic well which is an added risk.”
He is described by the charity as a typical pup, thoroughly enjoying his life.
The spokeswoman added: “Asha, as with all their dogs, deserves the best care that they can get for him, so we will be going ahead with the operation in the next few days.”
Asha’s operation is going to cost between £2,000 and £4,000 so more funds are needed.
Anyone willing to donate to Asha’s causemay donate online at www.justgiving.com/fourpaws animalrescue