POSTED: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 5:30pm
UPDATED: Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 3:04pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Eeyore had a broken heart, literally. He was told he needed heart surgery to save his life. After a fundraising effort reached its goal , rescue workers were optimistic that he would get another chance at a long life. Unfortunately, additional testing revealed that previously unknown injuries placed his condition beyond critical.
"It's a heart breaking situation," Helen Morales, Livingston SPCA volunteer, said.
Eeyore was diagnosed with PDA, which is a fatal genetic heart disease. But that was just the beginning of his pain. Today they learned that he was suffering from two broken hips, a broken knee and a spine injury.
They were forced to make the painful decision to euthanize Eeyore to spare him the pain from a series of surgeries.
"Honestly, rescue people like me; we don’t sleep well,” noted Morales. “We cry a lot because were not able to save them all."
Eyeore was abandoned, abused, and malnourished and neglected. Although the community helped to raise more than enough money for his treatment, the SPCA of Livingston says Eeyore is an example of a situation that can be prevented, if only people take the time to spay.
“There are so many born since Louisiana does not have a real winter. We have dogs that come into heat and have litter after litter after litter that are unwanted and they are not cared for properly. They end up in shelters they end up in the street as strays,” Morales said. "It’s so unfortunate because so many wonderful cats and dogs end up being killed for lack of space."
Donations will only go as far as healing. Neutering will prevent dogs like Eeyore's from having to suffer abuse, neglect, and ultimately death.
"You know, I said, I love the heart of people who love animal because they will always dig deep to try to help to save one," she said. “People from all over the country have stepped up to donate funds for his care.”
The rest of the money raised for Eeyore's surgery will be used to save another puppy, a boxer hit by a car, with a broken leg that needs surgery.
The SPCA of Livingston is now working to bring legal charges against the person responsible for Eeyore's suffering.