Our shelter partner, Turks and Caicos Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (TCSPCA), reached out to us to help a hurt pup needing medical care beyond what they could handle. We quickly mobilized our rescue team, and brave Niko was soon on his way to the safety of our Port Washington, NY campus.
Rescued from the streets, homeless and vulnerable, this eight-month-old pup had suffered severe fractures to both of his hind legs, likely the result of being hit by a car. Despite the pain he endured, Niko managed to fend for himself for weeks. By the time he was found by the TCSPCA he had figured out a way to scoot around on his broken limbs. Unfortunately however, this meant his bones began to mend in abnormal configurations, and it has created a complex orthopedic challenge.
Dr. Marina Tejada, Animal League America Supervising Veterinarian, conducted his initial examination and explained, “In Niko’s case, the fractures happened so long ago that the bones have started to heal in a side-by-side formation. We will be evaluating Niko’s updated x-rays and consulting with an orthopedic specialist to see what his options are.” At the moment, the prognosis for Niko’s legs is unclear. In addition, Niko also has a painful skin infection called Demodex. This is caused by mites that are typically found on dogs, and in times of stress or illness these mites can overgrow on the skin causing itchiness, skin irritation, and hair loss.
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While Niko is receiving medication for his skin infection, his doctors have scheduled an orthopedic consult to determine the best treatment plan for his legs. All through his challenging journey, Niko’s spirit continues to shine. He has been exceedingly tolerant of all the hands trying to help him, and meets every visitor’s eyes with a look of curiosity and tenderness. We want to let Niko know that life won’t always be a struggle. Niko’s mobility may be in jeopardy, but we know he will prevail, and we will be there — along with supporters like you — to help.