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  • Penelope, a discarded Pit Bull turned princess

    Dec 22, 2015 | Read More News
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    PenelopeIt was the middle of monsoon season when a good Samaritan called us about a Pit Bull who was sprawled out in a south-side Tucson alley next to a trash bin. The dog had been there more than a day, he said, and she hadn't moved a bit.
    Carmen Martinez, one of our animal care officers, rushed to the scene, and found Penelope in obvious pain. Officer Martinez called our medical team to let them know a dog who may have been hit by a car was en route. Dr. Jennifer Wilcox, our head veterinarian, was ready when Penelope arrived for emergency care.
    Upon examination, Dr. Wilcox determined Penelope actually had pyometra, an infection of the uterus commonly suffered by pets who are not spayed. Poor Penelope's infection had been neglected for so long that her uterus had perforated, and she could not move from the excruciating pain. Our medical team immediately removed Penelope's uterus and flushed the infection from her abdomen, too.
    Penelope had never been spayed, and she'd obviously been used for breeding. She never will again, thanks to the support our pets are getting from community members like you.
    In the following days, our medical team tended to Penelope, and prescribed her the antibiotics and pain medications she needed to heal. We were also there when she required one more surgery to fully beat her infection. 
    Two years ago, we had one veterinarian devoted to the care of our shelter's sick and injured pets. Because of our community's tremendous support, in 2015 we now have three! So not only did Dr. Wilcox watch over Penelope, Dr. Sarah Rios, Dr. Karyn Carlson and a team of seasoned technicians chipped in, too.
    Penelope left PACC to finish her recovery in a foster home with Colette, her husband and their three young sons. She never left and never will.
    "She is spoiled beyond spoiled," said Colette, who made Penelope's adoption official last week. "She doesn't even go out in the cold."
    Please consider helping us keep this progress going in 2016 by making a year-end gift to the Friends of PACC, a project fund of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. This independent nonprofit fund helps meet critical medical and behavioral needs for the more than 20,000 pets we take in each year!
    Through the end of the year, the John M. Simpson Foundation, the Bruce Family Foundation and UA's Phi Delta Theta Fraternity will match your gift, up to $15,000!