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Steve Austin, Our 6 Million Dollar Mutt

Posted on: July 11th, 2013 by CCSPCA

By Sasha Bell

Central California SPCA Humane Officer Gonzalez responded to a Fresno Police Department call regarding two emaciated pit bulls. Upon arrival the tenant was not at the property. The dogs were spotted in the back yard. One was completely down and feared dead, the other was still up on its feet, barely. Upon further inspection of the yard, Officer Gonzalez discovered two other dogs locked in a back patio area. One was a pit bull, also emaciated, and the other was a little white terrier mix.

Once Officer Gonzalez got the larger dogs loaded into the truck, he picked up the little dog, that’s when he noticed there was something not right with the little dogs jaw. It was off-set and left his tongue hanging out one side. After x-rays were taken, it was discovered that our little white dog had a non-union off-set fracture of the jaw bone.

When examined by specialists, it was determined that his jaw could be fixed by straightening it out and placing a metal plate in it to join the broken pieces. But the surgery would be very expensive, so a plea was made to our community for help. Surgery was scheduled for March 25, 2013 at Veterinary Specialty Services with Dr. Marco Cervi. And within a matter of a couple of weeks, the little white doggy, now known as Steve Austin, would have his surgery, as more than $4,400 was raised to cover his expenses! Thank you to all who supported and gave a donation for Steve’s surgery!

Steve Austin underwent several jaw surgeries and had 13 bone pins placed. Dr. Marco Cervi said his prognosis remains great and he should recover nicely.

After jaw surgery Steve Austin wore an external fixator and was fed via an esophageal feeding tube for about a month. He had many follow up visits and x-rays of his jaw. Within a few weeks of the surgery, what was once a 10mm area of missing jaw had healed down to approximately 4mm. Dr. Cervi was over the moon with Steve’s quick progress.

Steve maintained a wonderful attitude that we all adore him for and has been getting tons of affection from all of us at the CCSPCA Animal Care Center. Always the perfect patient, this adorable white terrier was happy throughout his ordeal, never once complaining or raising a fuss.

On Wednesday, June 26, 2013, the CCSPCA staff and local media celebrated the amazing recovery of Steve Austin. Steve is now, large in part, recovered! For that, he deserved a cupcake! KMJ News Talk Radio’s Ray Appleton, broadcasted live from the CCSPCA during Steve’s party. The Cupcake King provided delicious cupcakes for all who attended and even Steve was able to chow down on his very own special cupcake!

So what’s next for Steve Austin? Steve will remain in CCSPCA Foster Care until his next exam in 4 weeks, with Dr. Cervi at Veterinary Specialty Services. Our thanks go out to everyone that supported and followed Steve Austin’s story.

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Initial Condition of the 61 Seized Animals from a Squaw Valley Property & Their Beginning Treatments

Posted on: June 24th, 2013 by CCSPCA

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The initial condition of the animals has been determined by our CCSPCA Veterinarian Staff. The animals remain in guarded condition while further testing and assessment are conducted.

This is an excerpt from our Veterinarian, “The dogs were all in various stages of emaciation with most being in the 1/5 to 1.5/5 body condition score with a 3 being a dog in normal flesh. There were two Border Collie mixes that were apparently being kept together that were in a bit better flesh.”

The caring CCSPCA staff has started treatments with basic sustainable needs, such as bathing. Due to a recent generous donation, the animals that are in pain due to being emaciated will receive a much needed bath in comfort. Kyle Kirkland, President of Club One Casino, made a personal donation of almost $24,000 to provide much needed medical equipment and supplies, a commercial grade sterilizing dishwasher, two large animal sized stainless steel bathing tubs, two industrial animal cage dryers, a Bovie Aaron 1250 Electrosurgery unit, a high-tech animal dental cleaning station, improved surgical lighting and a VSSI animal lift gurney. We appreciate his caring donation that will assist in recovery for these animals.

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4 Dogs Seized on the Verge of Death

Posted on: March 25th, 2013 by CCSPCA

Humane Officer Gonzalez responded to a Fresno PD call regarding 2 emaciated pit bulls. Upon arrival the tenant was not at the property. The dogs were spotted in the back yard. One was completely down and feared dead, the other was still up on its feet, barely.

Humane Officer Gonzalez approached the 2 dogs; both looked like skeletons, and were severely dehydrated. When he reached for the white dog, the one they thought was deceased…she wagged her tail. She was alive, barely, but alive. Upon further inspection of the yard, Officer Gonzalez discovered 2 other dogs locked in a back patio area. One was a pit bull, also emaciated, and the other was a little white terrier mix.

Once Officer Gonzalez got the larger dogs loaded into the truck, he picked up the little dog, that’s when he noticed there was something not right with the little dogs jaw. It was off-set and left his tongue hanging out one side. After x-rays were taken, it was discovered that our little white dog had a non-union off-set fracture of the jaw bone.

When examined by specialists, it was determined that his jaw could be fixed by straightening it out and placing a metal plate in it to join the broken pieces. It is expected that once he recovers from this surgery, he’ll be able to live out a long and happy life. Surgery is scheduled for March 25, 2013.

Please, click the PayPal button to help donate to Steve Austin’s surgery and recovery. Thank you!





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Rescue at Sands Motel

Posted on: October 8th, 2012 by CCSPCA

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Our dispatch sent an investigation Humane Officer out to respond to a complaint from a neighbor. Although the suspect was caught in the act of animal abuse by our Officer, she was not immediately arrested by the attending Fresno PD. However, we do hope for an arrest in this situation, as our Humane Officer continues to build a strong case that will be given to the Fresno Police Department for processing by the District Attorney.

There were 5 puppies and 3 dogs that were rescued and brought to the Central California SPCA George Whittell Animal Hospital for treatment. One of the puppies had suffered the abuse of the suspect’s homemade tracheotomy. The puppy received immediate care and his open wounds were stapled closed. The mother dog and her puppies had also suffered heat exhaustion from the house that they were in. We remain hopeful but guarded with their prognosis. Sadly, two of the puppies didn’t make it through the night. But the mom and her remaining pups, including the puppy with the open wound, are still doing well.

One of the pups, a young Jack Russell Terrier, suffered with a broken back. We believe she may have received this injury from being hit by a car, well over a month ago. She was paralyzed mid-back, therefore, forced to drag her back legs and she is unable to function normally. This caused many drag wounds and burns. After taking x-rays it was determined, that in the best interest of the dog, she should be euthanized so she wouldn’t suffer any longer.

All the surviving animals from this horrific situation remain in the compassionate care of our hospital staff. We have high hopes that these animals will recover, have a chance to be adopted, and live the happy and healthy life that they deserve.

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Happy Stories

Posted on: April 2nd, 2012 by CCSPCA

There’s always that one dog that seems to catch your eye. You just know that there is something extra special about them. There was a female adult lab that came in as a stray. I passed by her kennel and did a double take. “Look at that face!” I yelled, “She’s so adorable!” I said, pulling the staff members from their work to look at her. “Isn’t she so cute?” I went on, as she tried to focus her crossed eyes on me. She served her stray time and was placed in our East Kennels. I went inside her kennel to show her some love, and as she nearly licked me to death… a spark of determination lit a fire in my head. I was currently networking with Copper’s Dream, in the bay area. I figured, “What the heck! I’ll give it a try.” So I sent a picture of her and waited for what felt like an eternity…THEY SAID YES! THEY WOULD TAKE HER!!! This is her after being transferred out to Copper’s Dream and right into one of their Adoption Events!

THANK YOU COPPER’S DREAM!!!

 

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