SPCA asks for help with surgery costs

The Williams Lake SPCA is asking the public for help to pay surgery costs for a rescued puppy.

The Williams Lake SPCA is asking the public for help to pay surgery costs for a rescued puppy.

Miss Phit, a seven-month-old Maltese/Yorkie mix, arrived at the SPCA in poor condition after a resident found her tied to a garbage can in Williams Lake.

“They were concerned and brought her in,” branch manager Liz Dighton said Thursday as she decribed the resident as a Good Samaritan.

“She was found in horrible condition, badly matted with open sores, and in indescribable pain from a hip dislocation caused by severe trauma, rendering her hind leg nearly unusable.”

Dighton said Miss Phit will undergo surgery for hip dislocation on Friday, April 10, and then need two to three weeks for rehabilitation.

“We’re hoping she gets better in two weeks,” Dighton smiled.

The total cost is estimated to be $3,500

As Miss Phit sat in a dog bed chewing a stuffed toy behind the counter at the SPCA, Dighton said she’s a real sweetie.

“I’ve been taking her home every night and she’s awesome. She’s happy, friendly and loves to give kisses. She’s playful with my dogs, but tires quickly because she’s compensating for her injuries.”

Miss Phit looks rough right now because staff had to trim her hair to get rid of all the mats, Dighton explained.

This is the first appeal to the public for help with surgery costs in 2015 by the Williams Lake Branch, but more importantly is the need to report animal cruelty, Dighton said.

“If people see anything that bothers them they should report it because it helps animals like Miss Phit who were obviously not in the best care.”

It’s sad when pets get to the point that Miss Phit did, she said.

Animal cruelty can be reported to 1-855-622-7722.

Once Miss Phit is rehabilitated she will be put up for adoption to a good home.

People wanting to help Miss Phit and other animals in need can can visit the Williams Lake SPCA website at spca.bc.ca/medicalemergency.

“We just want this amazing little girl to have the opportunity to lead an active, happy and healthy life,” Dighton said.