Tucson: Dog Attack, $10,000 Vet Bill
This is every dog owner’s worst fear. You and your dog are going for a walk when your dog is viciously attacked by an unrestrained dog.
The unfortunate scenario happened on August 25 to Melanie Emerson and her 8-year-old cattle dog Maia on Columbus Street between 4th Street and Texas Circle (general area between 5th Street & Speedway). The attacking dog and puppies were not micro-chipped and nobody has come forward to claim them at Pima Animal Care Center.
Veterinarian bills are now approaching $10,000 after two surgeries lasting more than seven hours with two surgeons working on Maia at the same time. The dog had to undergo a sophisticated procedure known as a wound vac, in order to shrink the size of the wound so that it will heal effectively and remove necrotic tissue. The wounds include 14-inches in length along the dog’s left hind quarter and 8-inches on her neck. Traditional surgery was not an adequate solution because of the extent of devitalized tissue in the area.
“Before we had a chance to remove ourselves, the adult dog attacked Maia. It was a horrific sight and possibly the worst day of my life. Maia was severely ripped up and it was only through a lot of blood curdling screaming and the kind assistance of complete strangers that Maia survived the attack.”
Maia’s wounds are both physical and psychological although she is faring well. Despite all this, her extremely sweet disposition continues to shine through as she enthusiastically greets the vet hospital staff with her warm eyes and radiating smile.
Some of Melanie’s friends asked me to help get the word out to caring people and animal lovers. I myself am a dog walker and I see far too many loose dogs on my walks. Melanie’s friends are contemplating some fundraisers to help pay the vet bills. If you have any ideas or want to assist, please email Tucson.firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll pass along the contacts.
You can read more about Maia’s story and her recovery updates here as well as chip in with a donation toward the vet bills if so inclined. Also, please consider linking to this blog post or sharing Melanie and Maia’s story with others.
How do you protect yourself and your dog/s from attacks? We can all benefit by the advice. Thank you.
(Photos are courtesy of Melanie Emerson. She works at Sky Island Alliance.)