By: Geoff Kirbyson
Posted: 03/17/2015 8:51 PM | Last Modified: 03/17/2015 9:31 PM
Things are going from bad to worse for a seven-month-old puppy who was taken in by a Winnipeg shelter after being abused by its previous owners.
Percy, a Jack Russell and Chihuahua mix who made headlines last month after he lost virtually all of his vision after his original owner’s child deliberately rubbed hair dye into his eyes, has been diagnosed with corneal endothelial dystrophy. The disease causes a thickening of the cornea and fluid build up within the eye.
“Of all the eye diseases that dogs can get, this would be the worst,” said Jessica Hansen, executive director of Manitoba Underdogs Rescue.
“To date, there aren’t any successful treatments for it. Eventually, it becomes a very painful and unpleasant disease that usually results in both eyes being removed.”
Percy will visit his ophthalmologist in another month at which time it will be decided which surgical options will be attempted. They’re all considered risky because they typically aren’t very successful, but they’re quite expensive. Hansen said it’s hoped because these surgeries are usually performed on older dogs that Percy’s youth will give him a better chance at success.
“The easiest thing would be to remove his eyes. He has 25 per cent vision in his right eye and the vets really want to try and keep that,” she said.
It’s likely Percy will undergo a pair of surgeries, which will cost about $5,000 in total. Hansen is hoping animal lovers will come to Percy’s aid and help for part of the expenses. Donations are being accepted at the Dakota Veterinary Hospital or www.manitobaunderdogs.org.
Any donation over $20 will be issued a tax receipt.
Manitoba Underdogs takes in about 110 neglected, stray or unwanted dogs every year, gets them into care and then adopted into forever homes.