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The BC SPCA is reminding pet owners about the dangers of transporting dogs unsecured in pickup trucks after a puppy suffered “horrific injuries” falling out of the back of a vehicle.
Now the BC SPCA is trying to raise the $4,230 — and counting — in vet bills required to save her life after she was rushed to the Williams Lake branch.
The seven-month-old German Shepherd’s front leg was torn at the shoulder under her chest and down the inside. The skin was torn off the tissue from her upper forearm to her armpit, and several arteries were severed.
“Chilli had such deep wounds all along her leg that the limb was beyond repair and she required an emergency amputation to save her life,” said BC SPCA Williams Lake & District Branch Manager Liz Dighton.
The animal welfare agency says the case should serve as a reminder to people who transport dogs in the back of trucks.
Under BC law, it is illegal for animals to be unsecured in a truck cab. The safest method of transportation is to keep them inside a secured crate in the centre of the truck box.
Chilli has already undergone emergency amputation surgery to remove her injured leg, plus follow-up exams and physiotherapy.
She will be adopted once her care is completed.
“This young lady is super friendly and sweet,” says Dighton.
“She enjoys cuddles and is so careful to be gentle when around people. We really hope that people are able to donate towards her emergency surgery.”
You can help Chilli and other BC animals in need by visiting spca.bc.ca/medicalemergency.