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Unlike PASCO County Kill Shelter, Florida, The New Port Richey Animal Protection Unit is working to help prevent a stray dog from losing her leg by providing medical care that other kill shelters like PASCO County do not provide.

Keon'as story ---

Keona's Extended Medical Care ~ Organized by New Port Richey Animal Protection Unit - Keona (Hawaiian for God's Precious Gift) has had some complications since her tumor removal requiring 24 hour care/observation. We are needing to raise money for this unexpected care. ``````````````````````````````` Mailing address: Pasco Animal Hospital
4605 HWY 19
New Port Richey, FL 34652
(727)849-7523 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (727)849-7523 FREE   ````````````````````````````````` Chip in link:

For those of you that do not know Keona's story, let me explain why it is so important to save this life.

On October 29th, 2012, a 911 call came into the police of 2 pitbulls that had mauled a cat and were attacking a pedestrian. Upon the scene, the police and animal control attempted to take control of the dogs. One charged the officer, who backed up numerous times before opening fire, and killing the dog. The other ran off after the shot.

Later that day, the other dog returned home. The owner said she had lost the one that mattered to her and surrendered the animal to us.

Of course we were very concerned that now we had an aggressive dog. We observed her for the next week, being cautious and using a control pole. Not once did she show aggression. She just wanted to be friendly. We removed the use of the control pole and now we had a little wagging tail sweet girl. We needed to make sure. We decided to have a behavioral assessment. Our assessor agreed. We video taped an additional assessment to confirm and as visual proof of her behavior. This is when we decided on her name ... to us she truly is a gift.

So next we needed to focus on the obvious "elephant in the room" - the grapefruit sized tumor on her leg. Was it cancerous and had it spread ? We did an aspiration biopsy that showed it did not appear to be cancerous - but we would not actually know until it was removed.

Animal Health Care Clinic performed the surgery on December 12th. It was not as simple as we had hoped. The tumor had "tentacle like" projections that had to be dissected. The surgery took several hours. We were given cautious optimism, but needed to be aware that this could be more serious. We sent the tumor for biopsy.

Since then she has managed to rip open the sutures a number of times. A cone, muzzle or sedation had not stopped her. She is usually fine while someone is with her. But if she wakes up and no one is there - her focus immediately goes to the surgery site and within minutes the damage is done. So after lengthy discussion with the vets, we decided that she needs to be under 24 hour care/observation. She is sedated and on IV fluids/meds. She will need this care for about 2 weeks.

Please help us provide this extended care. Thank you for your support 

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