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Emily Needs Surgery to Help Her Walk

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UPDATE: January 2013

Emily had surgery for her condition and has recovered well. She has been adopted and is doing great in her new home! Thanks to all of her supporters for helping her get the surgery she needed to live a healthy life.

Emily's Story

When Emily arrived at North Shore Animal League America from a high-kill shelter in Virginia, it was immediately clear that something was wrong with the young puppy.

Emily, a Husky-Lab mix who was about nine weeks old when she came to us, walks severely hunched over, which is a result of a condition called patellar luxation. Patellar luxation occurs when the dog's kneecap (patella) is dislocated from its normal anatomic position in the groove of the thigh bone (femur).

Both of Emily’s kneecaps (or patella) are turned inward, not only creating a “knocked-in knee” appearance, but also making it difficult and extremely uncomfortable for her to walk.

If the disease is left untreated, Emily will suffer from permanent and painful lameness, osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease.

Emily will need two operations, allowing one knee to heal before operating on the second knee.

Will you help?

We count on animal lovers like you to provide us with the funds to give pets like Emily the treatment that will allow them to lead full, happy lives.

When you donate to our Help Me Heal program, you are giving hope and health to sick, injured and abused animals like Emily. Please donate today.

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