Vets have saved a nine month old puppy who suffered one of the ‘worst cases of anal prolapse ever seen’.French Bulldog Myles was close to death when he came into the care of animal shelter Hope Rescue in Llanharan, south Wales.
‘Horrendous’ photos show he was ‘dangerously underweight’ and suffering from an ‘extremely serious’ case of anal prolapse – meaning his rectum was protruding out of his body.His condition was so bad that Myles, who also had ‘skin issues’, had to undergo a high risk operation immediately or be put down.
Vanessa Waddon, founder and Transformation Manager of Hope Rescue, told Metro.co.uk staff waited with ‘baited breath’ as vets performed complex surgery to resect the prolapse.
The risky procedure is often unsuccessful and can often result in dogs dying.
After hours under the knife the dog shelter received the ‘good news’ that the operation was successful.He still has a low temperature, but the results of the surgery were as well as could be hoped for given the life or death odds, Ms Waddon said.
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Myles will now be moved into foster care while he undergoes ‘a long process of recovery’.
Parasitic infections are the most common cause of rectal prolapse in dogs, but other causes include constipation and bladder inflammation.One of the photos of Myles was too graphic for Metro.co.uk to publish.
The animal charity said they could not reveal how Myles came into care while an investigation is on-going.
However Ms Waddon said his condition was one of the ‘worst’ she had ever seen since establishing Hope Rescue in 2005.
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‘We only saw the photos of him as he went straight to the vet. We were not expecting it to be that bad’ she told metro.co.uk
‘We see a lot of dogs in horrible conditions, we were not prepared for what we saw with Myles. He was incredibly underweight.
‘It takes a lot to shock us, we have got a lot of dogs in out care. But everyone here was shocked about his condition.’
Hope Rescue have set up a Just Giving Page for Myles to raise funds for his treatment and recovery.
A post about his plight on Facebook was met with hundreds of comments from well-wishers, some who even offered to foster the puppy while he gets better.
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One said: ‘Poor little angel, hope he pulls through. Thank you for giving him a chance, everything crossed for this little guy.’
Another said: ‘That poor pup. Breaks my heart to see him like that. Hope he makes a full recovery from the surgery and gets to go to a very loving home
Home rescue saves stray dogs who would otherwise be destroyed after spending seven days in a pound.They rehome dogs either by arranging for them to be adopted or partnering up with national centres such as Blue Cross and Dogs Trust.