Thank you for your support for RSPCA WA. With your help, we made it through 2013 – our toughest year ever.
We had an unprecedented flood of abandoned and abused animals needing our care and you stood with us. Together we saved many animals from neglect and cruelty, giving them a voice when they would otherwise not have been heard. Without the support of people like you this simply would not be possible.
With 2014 well underway, I want to tell you about a Kelpie-cross pup called Pixie – just one of the animals we have helped save and settle into a new, loving home. You may have read about her in The Sunday Times in January.
Five-month-old Pixie was shot several times with metal pellets from an air rifle and was found wandering alone near Gingin by 14-year-old Jasmin Smith and her friend.
The girls rang Jasmin's mum, Sharon, and told her they had found a puppy with a very sore leg. They took the pup home and the family cared for her overnight. Sharon rang the council, who couldn't help because the dog was injured. She rang the vet, who couldn't help unless someone paid for treatment. So Sharon rang the RSPCA.
"At first we thought she'd just hurt her paw but we soon realised it was really sore and she was crying out in pain," Sharon told The Sunday Times. "It was heartbreaking because she was really sweet, she was a lovely puppy. It's just disgusting how someone could shoot her like that."
Our Inspector, Nat took Sharon's call on a Sunday and arranged for her to urgently get the pup to a vet near her area. An X-ray showed that poor Pixie had gun-shot wounds in her right shoulder and left elbow.
When Pixie arrived at the RSPCA, she was in a great deal of pain. Our vet Emily examined her and gave her pain relief. More X-rays were taken.
Sadly, Emily found the damage was so extensive that one of Pixie's injured legs could not be saved. She quickly realised that amputation was the best thing to do for Pixie's survival and operated immediately. Pixie made a remarkable recovery from her trauma – she was back using her remaining three legs only days after her surgery and within weeks was well enough to have a behaviour assessment and other treatments so she would be ready for a new family to love her.
Our Chief Inspector Amanda told The Sunday Times that amputating a leg was a traumatic procedure for any dog but Pixie had bounced back well because "she's such a nice dog with such a good temperament, and she's only light so the chance of her being able to cope with three legs is very good."
Pixie came into the RSPCA distressed, scared and in a lot of pain. Within a month we were able to heal her and place her in a new home with a loving family. As she is such a sweet-natured, lovely dog, we had no trouble finding a family to adopt her.
I hope you will be inspired by Pixie's story. Although we have many sad stories, there are also many happy endings like hers. And it's all thanks to the support of people like you.
There are tough penalties for people convicted of cruelty to animals. Our Inspectors are currently appealing to members of the public to help identify Pixie's attackers. The RSPCA plays a leading role in upholding the law to protect animals where possible and making sure that people are brought to justice for hurting them.
In this work, as in all our other activities, your voice and support adds weight and strength to our advocacy on behalf of creatures like Pixie, who have no power to stand up for themselves.
Sadly, each year too many animals come to us for help, with serious injuries like Pixie's. Our animal cruelty line receives on average between 60-70 calls per day.
We cannot do it alone. Please donate today to provide continued hope for a better life for animals.
Together, we can make it happen.
David van Ooran
Chief Executive Officer