Wednesday, December 24, 2008
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Angela Speed
Direct: (414) 431-6104
Chi Chi Needs Some Holiday Cheer
MILWAUKEE – Chi Chi is hoping that 2009 is a better year. When she was brought to the Wisconsin Humane Society, she looked so sad. She had great trouble walking due to a problem with her kneecaps and her family left her at WHS in hopes that we could return her to good health and better spirits.
Chi Chi, a 6-year-old Dachshund, was given a full medical exam upon her arrival, which included being tested for heartworm. Chi Chi tested positive and was immediately given medications to kill the heartworm. Chi Chi still has to wait for her body to clear out the dead worms. Exertion can cause the dead worms to dislodge, pass to the lungs and cause respiratory failure or even death. Without the discovery of Chi Chi's heartworm disease, she would have surely died at a very young age.
The little cuddler's delicate kneecaps also slipped and slided out of place, making walking an arduous task. A specialist performed surgery on her legs to correct the condition. Her little bones have been secured with metal pins to expedite a speedy recovery. She is currently getting extra special attention and love as she heals in our clinic.
Lives like Chi Chi’s are saved everyday at the Wisconsin Humane Society and we depend solely on donations to provide lifesaving care for thousands of animals every year. We are currently raising funds to help pay for the cost of Chi Chi’s care, which will be nearly $2,000.
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Interview Opportunity: On Wednesday, December 24, Chi Chi will be available for filming and a WHS representative will be available to answer questions. To schedule an interview between 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., please contact Angela Speed at (414) 431-6104.