A dog rescued with “horrific” injuries unlike anything seen by volunteers at a dog centre has been successfully operated on.
Three Counties Dog Rescue, based in Spalding Road, Bourne, took on three-year-old Tia earlier this month.
Founder of the rescue centre Gyll Mauchline said: “In 40 years of dog rescue I have never seen a case where a dog’s jaw had stuck to its skull following injuries.
“Her injuries were horrific, she had been totally neglected.
“Although we see many cases of dogs and cats in a poor state, Tia’s condition was very distressing.”
Tia was attacked by another dog as a puppy, causing injuries which made it impossible for Tia to open its jaw more than two millimetres.
Since the injury the jaw had grown unnaturally and twisted as one side tried to grow normally. Some of Tia’s teeth were also painfully digging into her palate.
Tia had been unable to eat properly or pant for three years, which is important for dogs as it is one of the ways they regulate temperature, and was also at significant risk of choking.
The problem was only rectified when Tia’s previous owner became unable to look after the dog and took Tia to Three Counties.
Gyll took Tia to Burghley Vets in St Leonard’s Street, Stamford, where senior vet Michelle Moggridge examined her. Surgery revealed that Tia had suffered multiple fractures to its jaw.
During a four hour operation, two vets and two nurses removed Tia’s cheek bone which had fractured and compressed some of the jaw bone. They also removed a section of bone from the back of her lower jaw to allow it to move.
Gyll praised the work of the vets and said the operation was an overwhelming success.
This is just the start of Tia’s recovery, with another dental operation required in two weeks before she is ready to find a new loving home.
The cost of the operation is likely to run into thousands of pounds.
To find out more about the centre, which has more than 50 dogs in need of a home, call 077085 89792 or 01778 440318.