Ellabean came to us last week in very poor condition. When we took her in, she was barely moving and not responsive to touch. We tested the dog for Parvovirus, but when the test came up negative, we had her x-rayed to determine what other injuries might be causing the state she was in. Ellabean’s x-rays were made possible because of the donations made to our non-profit, Friends of Oakland Animal Services.
It was found that little Ellabean had a broken pelvis and spine and several puncture wounds. We kept Ellabean here at the shelter while we contacted a few rescue groups. Luckily, our friends at German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California were willing to take Ellabean into their program. Her injuries were severe but because she had such a sweet disposition, GSR opted to have spinal surgery performed. Ellabean now has pins in her spine to keep it in place as she heals. Amazingly enough, these pins are designed to be adjusted on a weekly basis to adapt to her rapid growth from puppy to full sized dog. Her foster family reports that she is doing very well and was alert, happy and wagging her tail the day after surgery. It is suspected that Ellabean was attacked by a raccoon, given the nature of her injuries. We are excited for her full recovery. For more updates on Ella, follow German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California on Facebook.