2016-01-05 / Front Page

Milo Needs Help: Donations Sought To Cover Surgery, Related Expenses

by Travis Curry
Editor


Owen County Humane Society shelter manager Jessica Franke and shelter volunteer Roy Light are shown with Milo, a three-year-old shepherd mix in need of surgery to repair a double cranial cruciate injury. (Staff Photo) Owen County Humane Society shelter manager Jessica Franke and shelter volunteer Roy Light are shown with Milo, a three-year-old shepherd mix in need of surgery to repair a double cranial cruciate injury. (Staff Photo) Milo, a three-year-old shepherd mix, has called the Owen County Humane Society (OCHS) shelter his home since July 2013. While he may look normal at first glance, the spunky and energetic boy is hampered by a double cranial cruciate injury in his back legs suffered when he slipped and fell in late November.

“Both knees need surgery to correct this painful injury,” OCHS Secretary Candace Dean explained. “He is scheduled to undergo this procedure on January 19th and will have a long road to recovery – roughly eight weeks. During this time he will be in a foster home and kept in a crate except to go out to potty. On these breaks he must be leash walked and kept as quiet as possible. This will be a rough assignment for our fosters as he is young and very energetic, but it’s important that he remains calm. Too much strain on his knees could cause damage to the repairs made by the veterinarian.”

Dean, who also serves as a vet tech at Town and Country Veterinary Clinic in Bloomington, noted that in addition to the cost of surgery there will be additional costs associated with follow-up visits, x-rays, and medications.

“Town and Country will perform the surgery and other treatments at a reduced cost to help us out but we will still have a costly vet bill when all is finished to help this boy,” she said. “We are hoping the caring people in our community will be willing to help us save Milo!”

The cranial cruciate ligament (CrCL) in dogs is the same as the “anterior” cruciate ligament (ACL) in humans. It is a band of tough fibrous tissue that attaches the femur (thigh bone) to the tibia (shin bone), preventing the tibia from shifting forward relative to the femur. It also helps to prevent the stifle (knee) joint from over-extending or rotating.

Donations to help cover the cost of Milo’s surgery can be sent to Owen County Humane Society, Inc., 2014 Romona Road, Spencer, IN 47460. Milo will be available for adoption after his recovery, which will take approximately 12 weeks. For more information, call 812-829-6247.

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