August 23, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
Stephanie Fredrick says to meet Nessie (Lochness) is to fall in love with Nessie. She has kind of a crooked jaw, so she can’t open her mouth to eat, and she’s missing an ear, but she is a star at Shawnee Animal Clinic, and she needs your help.
“Nessie is a tiny little cat that someone found wandering the streets of New Boston, and Sierra’s Haven takes in animals, and she looks like she had been hurt, so they took her in, and Sierra’s brought her down to Shawnee Animal Clinic because they thought she had lockjaw,” Fredrick said. “She was unable to open her mouth. She was not even 2 1/2 pounds, and everyone thought she was a kitten because she was so small. She’s missing one of her ears, and she looked like she had burn scars on her.”
Fredrick and Veterinary Doctor Gail Counts sedated Nessie to see if something was stuck in her mouth or what the problem really was. They weren’t able to get her mouth open, so they took a radiograph.
“For whatever reason, whether she was hit by a car or stuck in an engine or attacked by a dog, we don’t really know what happened, but her jaw had been broken,” Fredrick said. “Her body healed the fracture, but in such a way that she is unable to open her mouth.”
The bright spot in Nessie’s life in addition to the staff at Shawnee Animal Clinic that dotes on her on a regular basis, is her ability to stick her tongue out and lick some liquid nourishment.
“We have no idea how she was able to survive. We don’t know how long she has been like this,” Fredrick said. “She has all of her adult teeth, and Dr. Counts estimates she is about a year old.”
She may be skinny. She may be small. But she makes up for her size with her personality.
“She has the sweetest personality,” Fredrick said. “She’s so loving. She purrs. She is so happy.”
A orthopedic surgeon at Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center looked at her radiograph and determined they can fix her injury and restore her to a normal life, but that surgery is going to cost approximately $3,500, and Fredrick is making an appeal to the public to help defray the cost.
“In June I took her up to meet with the orthopedic surgeon and they went ahead and sedated her, did a CT Scan of her skull to get a more complete picture of how complicated the repair would be,” Fredrick said. “It’s a risky surgery, but they are confident they can fix her, and she should be back to normal, able to eat, and have full range of motion.”
Fredrick stepped out in faith and scheduled Nessie for the surgery.
“I was optimistic and I scheduled the surgery. I want her to have this done,” Fredrick said. “She is supposed to go back to Ohio State on Sept. 4, two weeks away,” Fredrick said.
Fredrick said, after her surgery is over and she has healed, she will be up for adoption to a caring home that will continue to provide her the loving care she has become used to at Shawnee Animal Clinic.
Fredrick said donations can be made at Shawnee Animal Clinic or Sierra’s Haven, or donations can be mailed to either location.
“Anyone who wants to meet her can come to the clinic, and we can bring her up,” Fredrick said. “Anyone who meets her falls in love immediately.”
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