About the Campaign
On December 22, 2018, this beautiful, and disabled, Bulldog Puppy was dumped in a Lynwood, CA, park and left to die.
Park employees found him and called Lynwood Animal Control. Animal Control took the Puppy to the Animal Emergency Medical Center in Torrance CA for evaluation because the Puppy couldn’t use its hind legs. Medical Center employees knew the Puppy faced euthanasia since a disabled puppy would not be adoptable through Animal Control, so Animal Emergency Medical Center employees called SoCal Bulldog Rescue (SCBR).
Time is valuable in cases such as this because Animal Control can pick up the Puppy at any time for euthanasia. SCBR volunteers responded immediately to the request from the Medical Center and was able to secure the Puppy they named ‘Eddie’.
In many instances, when Bulldog puppies can’t use their back legs, it’s due to Spina Bifida, a birth defect involving abnormal prenatal development of one or more vertebrae often resulting in rear leg paralysis and incontinence.
But Eddie doesn’t show all of the Spina Bifida symptoms and we are thinking, albeit hoping, Eddie’s back legs can be surgically corrected to allow him to walk and be a puppy!
Eddie’s foster parent took him to the orthopedic surgeon to understand if Eddie’s legs can be corrected. The surgeon said this:
- Yes, after radiograph & clinical review, the orthopedic surgeon felt Eddie could regain, at the very least, 75% of rear leg functionality. The estimate for Eddie’s specific orthopedic surgery is approximately $2,500.
- But before orthopedic surgery, the surgeon said Eddie needed a neurology review to make sure there isn’t any spinal issues. Orthopedic surgery on Eddie’s back legs would not be successful if there are any spinal issues that isn’t addressed first.
So, off Eddie goes to the Neurologist! The Neurology surgeon said Eddie needed an MRI, spinal tab, and neospora bloodwork. The cost for the neurology work is $3,041.20 (this document is included here).
To help SoCal Bulldog Rescue manage the cost to give Eddie the opportunity to walk, Eddie’s foster parent has paid for the orthopedic and neurology consults with each surgeon.
Eddie is only 4 months old, he deserves the chance to live as normal a life as possible. SCBR relies on its devoted contributors and wonderful donors to help give Eddie a life with legs. We thank all donors for their caring and love of the English Bulldog.
Thank you kindly for donating to Eddie.
Eddie Update for 01.29.2019
(Pls note: SoCal Bulldog Rescue also has fundraising for Eddie on Cuddly.com. The reason for this is to touch as many people interested in supporting Eddie’s cause. Neither Free Animal Doctor or Cuddly give your valuable donations to individuals. Free Animal Doctor actually sends all your donations to the Animal Hospital conducting the surgery and/or providing care and Cuddly only pays recognized 501c3 non-profit rescues; in Eddie’s case that would be SoCal Bulldog Rescue.)
On 01.19.2019, Eddie began neurological diagnostic testing to determine the root cause of paralysis in both back legs. The tests and their results are as follows:
- Spinal Tab; negative (👏)
- Neospora (caused by a parasite that lodges in the spine and caused paralysis in the rear legs); negative (👏)
- MRI; identified a cyst on Eddie’s spine which has caused paralysis of his back legs.
The final cost for Eddie’s diagnostic tests came to $3041.20.
Fortunately, Eddie’s condition can be corrected surgically, for $4,811.00 (Estimate included here!). And his prognosis is excellent!
This brings Eddie’s total care to $7,852.20.
Going from paralysis, being dumped in a park and left to die, to being able to walk and be totally loved and cared for is a true gift from heaven! Thank you to all of you who have given Eddie the chance to live, to live a wonderfully loved life.