I want to thank Pauline for barking to me about Sasha, an adorable German Shepherd who is finally learning not all people are bad. That a life without fear and abuse is possible.
Her story isn’t easy to read, but focus on the good, Dr. Bawja and all the amazing people that have come to her aid.
Sasha is a timid little pup that has been kept as a “guard dog” at a car garage for her entire yet short life. Sasha had never been to a vet for a check-up or vaccinations and her owner’s had no intentions of having her spayed. She has been housed out doors with 5 other dogs and being the runt of the litter Sasha has always been picked on. This is not the first time she has been to the vet with open wounds; she was previously attacked by the other larger dogs. Her previous owner made no attempts to keep Sasha safe from the other dogs and in the mean time Sasha has tried to fend for herself. She is the smallest and has never been able to fight for her share of food so she is also very underweight right now. As of late Sasha was attacked again, she was brought to Pyne Hills Veterinary Hospital in Tottenham, ON where she was to be euthanized when her owner declined treatment for her wounds which would likely cost upwards of $2200. Dr. Bajwa the vet on call could not let that happen to such a sweet young dog and asked Sasha’s owner’s if they would surrender her to his care rather then euthanize her, they agreed and Sasha’s recovery has been in the caring hands of Dr. Bajwa and his staff at the clinic.
Sasha’s arrival at the clinic after she was attacked by 5 dogs: (Dec.29th)
After a brief assessment of Sasha Dr. Bajwa decides he can not bring himself to euthanize a beautiful, young and sweet dog like Sasha and convinces her owner’s to surrender her to his care. When she arrived at the clinic just before New Years poor Sasha was so caked in mud and blood that staff had to bathe her before they could begin assessing her injuries. She has just recovered from her last attack and has hair growing in on her nose and face where she was previously tended to by the vet. This poor girl has lacerations on all of her legs, inside and out, some are so deep that her muscle tissue is visible. There are also lacerations on her ears, thighs and other minor ones all over her body. Most of the wounds that may require stitches can not be closed because they are on her lower legs where there is not enough skin to close them all properly, they also need to be left open so that they can drain and do not cause further trauma by becoming abscessed (swollen, full of bacteria and infected). Dr. Bajwa and his team are doing everything they can to keep Sasha comfortable while she recovers, she is on a number of antibiotics, anti inflammatory medications and pain medications, her wounds are cleaned 2-3times daily and she is monitored nearly around the clock with lots of love and TLC. The best news is that Sasha, in time, is expected to make a full recovery and be able to live a fully normal life.
The clinic treating Sasha could really use some help with her medical expenses. They are also looking for the perfect forever family for her, one that will love and cherish her like she was meant to be.
If you would like to make a donation towards Sasha’s care, or if you are interested in filling out an adoption application go to Adopt-a-Pet.com.