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| Article written by dogheirs.com that are assisting with fundraising for Sydney. This network of dog lovers around the world might possibly be a miracle for Sydney.|
A severely emaciated Neapolitan Mastiff named Sydney was covered in flies, feces and urine and could hardly stand when she was rescued. At barely 90 pounds, she was placed in the care of Valley Mastiff Rescue on July 25th, thanks to Friendly Giants Dog Rescue and a Good Samaritan Sydney's rescuers call "Sydney's Angel". Sydney was weak and frail, and her rescuers say that her starving body could barely hold her up. In fact, Sydney was rated 1/5 on the body condition index, the lowest score possible.
A victim of horrible neglect, Sydney has suffered a life full of excruciating pain, agony and misery. She had never received any love or attention, nor had she ever received any of the essential medical care she desperately needed. At one year old, Sydney seems to have never walked on grass before in her life. "She showed great curiosity about grass, as though she had never seen it," France Turcotte, the founder of Valley Mastiff Rescue, told DogHeirs.com.
| Pain is a constant factor in Sydney's life. She walks with a wobble and limp, and often yelps when she walks. Unable to squat, Sydney urinates on her ankles and struggles to get up from the lying position. During her physical exam after she was rescued, Sydney's response to tests was heartbreaking to her rescuers, as she constantly cried and let her caretakers know that the basic assessment she was undergoing was extremely painful for her.|
Sydney is crippled with several orthopaedic conditions and has only one good weight-bearing leg. According to veterinarians at the DMV Veterinary Centre, she is suffering from the worst case of hip dysplasia ever seen or documented in medical reference books. France told DogHeirs, "Sydney's pain is all she has ever known, it is second nature to her. She cannot stand for very long, maybe 2 minutes now and then she crashes to the ground. She will come on walks, but we need to stop for some down-cuddle time; she rests, struggles to get back up on her feet. Its very hard for her."
|Sydney is in desperate need of medical care; costs are estimated at $12,000. The first surgery for Sydney is arthroplasty that she got in September, where surgeons cut the head of her femur bone to alleviate the excruciating pain Sydney has to deal with every day. This cost $2,500. Sydney will then, in January, need an external steel splint for her front leg for four months. This radial wedge and ulnar osteotomy will cost $4,500. Finally, Sydney needs a complete hip replacement at a cost of $5,500. Sydney will be cared for at the DMV Veterinary Centre in Montreal, Quebec, under the caring hands of Dr. Madore. France said, "Sydney is facing a long road ahead before she is pain free and can become a dog again. If you ask me what real courage is, I would answer: SYDNEY. She survived horrid living conditions and atrocious neglect without ever knowing the meaning of love and managed to adapt and survive."|
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