June 26th 2014 UPDATE - Reno survived her first two nights in the hospital!!! The vets are cautiously optimistic that she can fight her infection and be ready for her first surgery in mid July!! As mentioned below, we are fundraising in stages so that we don't "overshoot" and raise more than is needed. To get Reno FULLY healed, the estimated medical cost will be about $4000-$6000 dollars, but we are taking things one step at a time with Reno because her condition is touch and go. Our next goal is to get her through her first surgery alive, and then go from there.
Reno is a sweet, beautiful puppy, only 9-10 months old. She was brought to Waukegan Police Animal Control by someone who said they accidentally hit this "stray dog" with their car.
She was taken to the hospital right away, and during the exam, they said deep tissue infection had set in. That does not happen on a fresh wound. So it is strongly suspected that poor Reno was injured at least 5-7 days earlier, and received NO medical attention at that time.
Current estimates are that if she can survive the next several days, she may then need MONTHS of hospitalization to clear the infection and perform skin grafts, and that her total medical bill could top $4000-$6000.
She has an enlarged heart and a gaping hole in her chest (related to the infection?) so she is not currently stable enough to survive full anesthesia and surgery. For now she is being kept under twilight sleep while they try to clean out the dead and infected tissue, and more fully evaluate her condition. Even with just light anesthesia, she is being monitored closely and volunteers are sitting with her in case her heart fails.
It kills me to say that within the next few days, we may reach a fork in the road, and have to decide whether to be kind and end her suffering, or to "go all in" and fight with everything we have to save her and restore her quality of life. In order to make the right decision though, we estimate needing about $800-$1000 to do the proper initial medical treatments and evaluations.
So once again we are reaching out to the public for your support. We are committed to giving her every chance humanly possible at living the one life she was given. If she survives the next few days, we will be back in touch with updates on her condition and her next steps medically.
Thank you so, SO much for taking the time to read this poor girl's story, and we hope you can help by donating or sharing this with others.
Reno is under the care of Wagging Hearts Rescue, a 501c3 non-profit group. Alison Graham is affiliated with WAGS, Waukegan Animals Getting Saved, also 501c3 non-profit. All funds raised here, minus online payment processing fees, will be transferred from WAGS to Wagging Hearts.