Meet Chicharito (Little pea), a small 3-4 year old Chihuahua found limping on Allende Street in La Paz. He had a problem with his leg. He wouldn’t put any weight on it. He looked very thin and very sad. Surprisingly enough, when we took the little Chihuahua to the veterinarian we discovered that they already knew him. His leg had been broken and they had put a metal plate in to keep it together. Unfortunately, the plate was loose now and he needed a second surgery to fix that. The vet supplied information on where the owners lived. When they opened the door I expected to see a concerned owner relieved to see his pet. Sadly, that wasn’t the case. ? ?Chicharito had been locked out because he was “broken”.
After more than 2 years working with Baja Dogs, we still hadn’t heard that one. They didn’t want him because he couldn’t be fixed anymore. Even though he slept outside their gate every night and tried to get back in every day, they didn’t care. “Besides”, the woman added, “we are going to buy a new one”. ? ?Through our foundation and shelter we got surgery for little Chi that same day. The Vet said Chicharito was in too much pain and that he had to be fixed immediately. He said he needed to see the leg inside to make a decision on what to do, but amputation was a possibility. A few hours later, the Vet said Chicharito would be fine; the leg had healed so they just removed the plate. The leg had healed improperly but he will be able to use it. And more importantly, he won’t be in pain. He did an incredible job on this little guy. Two days later Chicharito was already a different dog. He was happy.
?It´s almost another happy tails story thanks to everyone involved, but there’s still a long way to go for him. He has now had his stitches removed and he needs to gain some weight and do exercise to strengthen his leg. He’s currently residing with a loving foster family but the good news is he has just been adopted to a family in Canada!!
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