Bambi is one courageous little fighter who is due a change in luck.
Having been cruelly thrown from a moving van on a busy road, Bambi came to us filthy, severely underweight, with sores all over her little body.
As dreadful as her general state of well-being was, it still wasn't the most concerning thing about Bambi's appearance. When standing naturally, her back end was curling under her hips and her back legs appeared to be buckling under the pressure.
At first glance, it looked like she had suffered a severe spinal injury. In fact, the emergency vets who had seen her before she arrived at NAWT had initially advised euthanasia as the kindest solution.
It was clear Bambi was in a lot of pain and struggling to walk, so we rushed her in to our vets for further examination. It was only then we found out her condition was something she had lived with from birth. She has one of the worst cases of something called 'lateral luxating patellae'. This means her kneecaps are out of place and over time have moved to the outside of the knee joint. This has caused her legs to twist unnaturally, making it incredibly painful for her to walk and significantly limiting her movement.
If we don't help her now, Bambi's condition will deteriorate, and this lovely little dog, who is owed so much in human kindness, will be left in unbearable pain. We wont allow that to happen.
Michael Hamilton of Hamilton Specialist Referrals has kindly agreed to help her back on all four feet, with a 50% discount on her surgery. After this generous discount, the total cost for surgery on both legs, along with physio and hydrotherapy to rebuild muscle and ensure the kneecaps stay in place, is £5,500.
This is an enormous expense for a charity like ours, where every single penny is accounted for. However, it's an expense that will allow a beautiful natured little dog, who has been so harshly betrayed by humans in the past, the chance to live the life she deserves.