Sterling has been adopted!
His new family has named him Vito to fit in with their Italian clan. Not only did he get lucky going to a great family, he also was the winner of the 2014 Smoky Award for YTNR.
Here is Sterling. His jaw was broken in half , he had puncture wounds on the top of his head and on his throat from a big dog attack. We don't quite know how long he was running about that way but he was taken to a local shelter in a great deal of pain. We were called after xrays were taken and knew we were dealing with a little guy that needed immediate surgery.
After an 80 mile trip, a temporary stay at a foster home for a day and a half, nearly a week in the hospital and 2 visits to surgery he is feeling very good.......much too good. He was required to be kept quiet in a soft sided cage, not allowed to play with other dogs and on a very soft diet. He has been kept in a soft playpen but after 3 days was able to climb out of it. We'll keep a close eye on him, give him a brisk walk each morning and we're sure he will sleep quietly at night. 5 pins and a plate hold his jaw together. However at 1 1/2 years he feels wonderful and can't understand why he has to wear a "lampshade", can't play freely and can't the "good" kind of dog food ! All good things come to those who wait. In 6 to 8 weeks that collar and pins should be removed and then he can be as free as a bird....or at least a bird dog. He is very thin and it may take a while before he can gain that much needed weight on this diet. He could easily double his 5 lbs. and still be trim.
Sterling is an exceptional companion. He becomes very attached to his person and never leaves their side. However that does not mean he isn't ready to meet anyone who comes to visit with enthusiasm. He wants very much to play with other pups and is extremely good natured.
Sterling, is going to be able to go home today. Sterling is doing very well, he is eating his food which at this time is baby food. He will need to be kept in a kennel until his jaw has healed,
they donít want him to catch his brace on anything. He will have to have future x-ray to see how the jaw is healing. The vet is optimistic his jaw will heal and will be good as new.
Sterling was a stray at Ventura Shelter in Los Angeles, YTNR was contacted to see if we could help this little one.
He came in with a fractured jaw and abscess on the top of his head. He also has a very big wound under his chin. Itís believed he may have been attacked by a large dog.
He will be having surgery today, they will wire his jaw and if necessary wire with a plate to hold the jaw together. He will also be neutered during his surgery.
Even though he is in pain, he is a very sweet little boy, wanted to give kisses. (When he moves his head a certain way he cries out in pain.)
He weights 5lbs, he is very underweight you can see all his ribs and back bone, but remains adorable. Sterling could not be bathed he was taken directly to the vet for help. The vet has estimated up to
$2500 in medical's to repair the damage. Any contribution you can make will help us to continue saying yes when little guys like this are in trouble.
Any donations to help pay for his medical will allow us to help another dog in need. Thank you for your donation.