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'Sometimes there are victories'

Cary Ashby • Updated Apr 12, 2017 at 11:36 PM

The Huron County Humane Society hopes to defray the costs of a required heart surgery for a 12-week-old puppy.

“The goal is $1,500 for the surgery. We are almost at $300 at the time of this article,” treasurer Jennifer Evans said.

Sasha is an Australian Shepherd mix recovering at the Huron County Humane Society, 246 Woodlawn Ave. 

“Her mama was an Australian Shepherd. Her daddy was a mix of lab and something else we don’t know,” said Nancy Burns, medical care manager. “She is looking for her forever home.” 

Dr. Randy Hutchison, of Animal Clinic Northview in North Ridgeville, performed the surgery April 6.

“Everything went well,” Burns said. “It was a stage 5/6 heart murmur, which is not good.”

Sasha came to the Humane Society when she was about 8 weeks old. A volunteer veterinarian checked Sasha’s sister. Burns said “everything checked out” with the sibling, but Sasha had an audible irregular heartbeat.

“You could actually hear the heart. There was a valve in there that should have closed when she was born, but it did not, but it was fixable,” she said.

“These (major surgeries) don’t happen very often,” Burns added. “Puppies can have heart murmurs, but they grow out of them. This puppy wouldn’t have lived very long if she hadn’t had this surgery.”

Evans shared how HCHS did its research on the surgery.

“Considering (Sasha’s) age and hoping to find a doctor willing to assist, a few Huron County Humane Society staff members began researching surgery costs from several statewide facilities. Finally, the HCHS's search ended. A doctor said yes. Dr. Randy Hutchison, (of) Animal Clinic Northview, was not able to donate his services, but was able to generously reduce the cost of the surgery. Dr. Randy took one listen to Sasha's heart and urgently scheduled her the following day for surgery,” she said.

Evans said Sasha is doing great.

“Dr. Randy said when he reached her heart during the surgery, the PDA heart murmur was ‘right there.’ He saved Sasha and breathed life into the HCHS.

“Sometimes there are victories at the HCHS,” Evans added. "This was a great victory and we will continue to share the news of philanthropic and caring people in this area.” 

Now that Sasha is recuperating at the Humane Society, like all the animals the agency puts up for adoption, she will be spayed and given up-to-date shots before she leaves.

“Sasha will be ready to adopt soon,” Evans said.

The treasurer wants community members to consider making a financial contribution to curb the cost of the surgery.

“The HCHS is grateful for any contribution amount. No matter what amount you give, it will help. Please consider donating today. Thank you for caring,” Evans said.

There are several ways to contribute:

• Online: Paypal.me/HCHSNorwalk and add “Sasha” in the note.

• Mail to: HCHS, Sasha, 246 Woodlawn Ave., Norwalk, OH, 44857

• Or stop in person.

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