Rina had a large, deep open wound on her side and several other puncture wounds, after being attacked by some of the 15 large dogs she lived with. Her owner failed to get her the veterinary attention she needed.
The PAWS team - Bev, Caroline, Tina, Larry, Clive
Unfortunately, Rina's owner seemed not to realise that her wounds were serious and possibly life-threatening. When members of the PAWS team saw the extent of her injuries, they were extremely concerned and immediately arranged for Rina to get the treatment that she needed.
The large wound on her side had been sustained several days beforehand; it was infected and very deep. Further tissue loss or damage, could have resulted in peritonitis. In a two hour operation, the wound was thoroughly debrided to remove the necrotic skin and a drain was put in place. The wound was stitched and thanks to the skill of the surgeon, the adjacent nipple was able to be saved.
Rina's owner had bred 3 litters in 6 weeks, so was unable to adequately care for her after the operation. The PAWS team undertook all her care, feeding and supervision and paid part of the vet bill not covered by insurance. With the full support of Rina's breeder (who is not resident in the UK), Rina remained with a member of the PAWS team, while the RSPCA carried out their investigations into the treatment of Rina, Hope and several other dogs from the same household.
In a prosecution brought by the RSPCA, Rina's owner was found guilty under the Animal Welfare Act, of causing unnecessary suffering to Rina & Hope
What was achieved:
Rina was saved from further suffering, when the PAWS team stepped in to offer help to her owner. We were able to obtain the veterinary attention she needed and give her the 24 hour care she required in the weeks after the operation, whilst she recovered from her ordeal.
The PAWS team liaised with Rina's (non-UK based) breeder, who was extremely worried about her welfare. We were able to reassure her that Rina was in safe hands and that members of the PAWS team would work with the UK authorities to bring about a resolution to this sad situation.
The PAWS team worked closely with the RSPCA to prevent further escalation of the welfare problem with this particular owner/breeder, who was later convicted of offences under the Animal Welfare Act and banned from keeping dogs for 5 years.