New Orleans German shepherd rescue is reaching out to everyone and asking for donations for Benne's surgeries. Benne is a K-9 who was retired from service in 2011 when he tore his Achilles tendon in the line of duty. Nothing was done to repair his leg and instead he was retired. His handler gave Benne away to someone who allowed Benne to get heartworms and escape his yard(twice that we know of).
Now fast forward to December 2013 and Benne is at the LA/SPCA after being picked up by animal control as a stray. His owner was found via the micro-chip, but although they claimed him in October, this time the owner refused to come and get Benne. Being injured, older and now heartworm positive, Benne was never going to make it to the LA/SPCA adoption floor and he most likely would have been euthanized if we hadn't taken him into rescue.
Two days after we rescued Benne, he had to have emergency surgery due to a ruptured hernia. His previous vet records indicate that a hernia was suspected back in 2011, but why it wasn't addressed then, I have no idea. Obviously, if it had, Benne would not have almost died when it ruptured.The trained eye of a vet tech at LakeView Veterinary Hospital noticed Benne was in distress and the amazing Dr David Kergoisen at MedVet operated on Benne on a Saturday afternoon and saved Benne's life. Benne had a hernia in his groin that had entrapped his bowel and caused strangulation of a significant part of it. Dr Kergoisen had to remove 10 inches of Benne's small intestine that was dead tissue. If we hadn't taken him on December 27th, Benne would have died at the shelter from this condition. This was a life-saving operation and I want to thank LakeView Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Kergoisen, Dr. Ralph and the entire team at MedVet for saving Benne's life.
Recovered now from his the hernia surgery, Benne had arthrodesis (ankle fusion) of his back right leg that suffered the torn Achilles tendon. Dr. Bordelon at MedVet performed the surgery on February 4th and he is very optimistic that Benne will regain good function of his leg. Benne is home now and has 6-8 weeks of kennel rest. Please send him healing thoughts.These two surgeries when totaled will cost NOGSR over $6,000.00 and we are seeking donations to help us pay for them.
Benne put his life on the line for the city of New Orleans and I am overwhelmed with joy that we saved his life and found him an amazing home. Little did I know that the day I walked out of the LA/SPCA with Benne, he would incur over $6,000 in veterinary expenses. I have absolutely no regrets and the thought that this proud service dog almost was euthanized is just beyond comprehension.
Benne was adopted from us by an officer who has trained and worked with K-9's. She knows all the German commands that Benne understands and she will keep him mentally stimulated and physically active in retirement. It is a match made in heaven. Although Benne is adopted, NOGSR is paying for both of Benne's surgeries.
New Orleans German Shepherd Rescue