FRAMINGHAM – In March, a pit bull was found emaciated and weighed just 24 pounds. He could not keep anything down, not even a small amount of water. An x-ray revealed there was an object blocking his intestines.
Framingham Animal Control quickly transferred him to Tufts Veterinary Emergence Hospital in Walpole, where veterinarian April Paul performed life-saving surgery.
Paul removed the top of a child’s sippy cup from the dog’s intestines. It appeared that the rubber cup top had been in the dog’s stomach for an extended period of time and had recently shifted to the intestines blocking the passage of all food and water.
Framingham Animal Control Director Katherine MacKenzie cared for the dog post surgery. The dog traveled between the officer’s home and the Animal Control Office. During that time, he was kept on a strict re-feeding program. Too much too soon would have caused problems. He was fed small meals five times a day in the beginning. He showed marked improvement within the first post-surgical week.
Within 6 weeks, he has gained a little more than 20 pounds, almost doubling his weight, said MacKenzie.
And today, this once starving dog has been adopted, said MacKenzie.
He has found a loving home with Sharon, one of the veterinary technicians that cared for him during his stay at Tufts.
He has a name now, “Rascal,” and it fits him well, said MacKenzie.
“Rascal” is now healthy, vaccinated and micro-chipped. He has become a very happy, active dog that loves to run and play fetch. Sharon says that he loves running and playing in her fenced yard. She said her 2 cats and cockatiels have gotten used to him, although one of the cats is a bit grumpy with the new member of the family.
“Rascal’s” emergency veterinary care totaled more $1,700.
The entire bill was paid by Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association Charities, Inc. Individuals can make donations to the Association.
Each year the MVMA Charities Inc. provides a predetermined amount of money for every city or town in Massachusetts. This money is available to Animal Control Departments for the emergency treatment of stray or un-owned animals.
Without access to this funding, Framingham Animal Control may not have been able to provide this dog with this lifesaving surgery.
We are forever grateful that this funding is available, said Framingham Police.