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Trixie was one of two dogs who were shot at while they were tied up in a neighbour's backyard. Trixie survived the shotgun attack; sadly, the other dog did not.

Trixie is a vibrant seven-year old German Shepherd mix who came to the Kelowna BCSPCA in July after a coordinated transfer with the Northwest Territory SPCA.

With the caring help of veterinarians at Great Slave Animal Hospital in Yellowknife, Trixie had surgery to repair the broken right leg and a wound on her left. The bullet travelled fully through! On further inspection, veterinarians saw that Trixie had been shot before and that there was a pellet lodged in her pelvis.

Over the next four-weeks, Trixie recovered from her injuries in hospital and was sent to the NWT SPCA and then transferred by plane the Kelowna BC SPCA for adoption.

Trixie’s rehabilitation of her right hind leg has been slow and over a couple days in care, she has showed more pain and resisted going out on her favourite walks with volunteers. While she loves the extra cuddles, she really misses being able to move around freely without pain from her right leg.

The local veterinarian took some radiographs and could see that the fracture to Trixie’s right tibia (leg) had healed in a deformed position and left her in considerable pain from the instability. A specialist has further determined that Trixie is a good candidate for fracture repair surgery, in spite of her original trauma. With surgery and rehabilitation, the goal is to see Trixie up and walking freely, without pain!

UPDATE: Trixie has returned to Medical Emergency after staff noticed that she was also not bearing weight on her front left leg.

With no apparent cause - thankfully no other bullet wounds! - the specialist took a look at it while she was having the bullet removed from her hind legs.

Trixie has osteochondritis dissecans, commonly known as OCD, is a disease of the cartilage that can affect various joints in a dog. In any joint in the body, two bones come together and movement is allowed between them. Where the two bones meet an exceptionally smooth area of cartilage covers their surfaces. This acts as a cushion and protects the underlying bone. If anything disrupts this smooth cartilage surface, movement of the joint becomes painful. In a dog with OCD, this cartilage is damaged or grows abnormally. Instead of being attached to the bone it covers, it separates or cracks. A loose flap of cartilage may form, or an entire piece may break loose.

Surgery is indicated in animals that show severe symptoms, in cases where large lesions are identified on radiographs or when conservative treatments fail. The surgery is very straightforward. The affected joint is opened and the offending flap, defect, or joint mouse is removed.

Having this surgery will save Trixie from chronic life-long pain. You can transform this beautiful girl who has had a hard life into a happy, loved dog.

ID#: 437451

*Goal includes: surgery, medication, annual vaccinations, regular health check, and daily care for Trixie until he’s ready for adoption. If his medical costs and cost of care is less than is raised in his name, additional funds will provide care for other animals.

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When Trixie’s former guardian let her and her sibling out for a bathroom break, she didn’t expect to come back less than a half hour later to a horrific, heartbreaking scene…

Trixie survived and was transferred to the Kelowna BC SPCA to receive specialty care and to eventually find a new safe and loving home. Upon arrival it was obvious that she needed surgery immediately for her injured hind leg and that something was wrong with her front leg.

The first task was for the vet team to remove the large bullet lodged in her hind leg. Freed from this source of constant pain, Trixie can begin to heal.

Once she has recovered from this first surgery, Trixie will have another surgery to treat a joint issue, known as osteochondritis dissecans (an ailment of the cartilage that can be found in various joints of a dog), in her front leg. Thankfully, this second surgery won’t impact her recovery time and she’ll soon be ready to find her forever home in the next few weeks!

Trixie's care


Margaret H.
Burnaby, BC, Canada
donated: C$225
Monica K.
Fort Nelson , BC, Canada
donated: C$150
Patricia F.
Burnaby, BC, Canada
donated: C$150
Sandy L.
Kelowna , BC, Canada
donated: C$100
Roxanne K.
Angus, On, Canada
donated: C$100
Patricia K.
North Vancouver , BC, Canada
donated: C$50
James D.
North Vancouver, BC, Canada
donated: C$50
Andrea W.
Kelowna, BC, Canada
donated: C$50
Kristen C.
Kelowna, BC, Canada
donated: C$50
Lisa M.
Vancouver, BC, Canada
donated: C$25
Robert W.
Port Moody, BC, Canada
donated: C$20
Jessie B.
Calgary, AB, Canada
donated: C$20
Miguel Eduardo F.
Burnaby, BC, Canada
donated: C$10

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User Comments

Robert W.
10 months, 1 week ago

Hang in there doggo

Monica K.
10 months, 1 week ago

Hoping for a speedy recovery to surgery.

Patricia K.
10 months, 1 week ago

hope you feel better soon Trixie

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Animal Cost of Care (minus medical emergencies)

Item / Activity Cost
Initial Medical Exam C$46
Food, shelter and daily care C$315
*Cat - Additional Costs (due to longer stays) C$250
Vaccinations C$14
Spay/Neuter and ID Tattoo C$125
Total: C$750

About the BC SPCA

Each year we rescue and care for more than 42,000 injured, homeless, neglected and abused animals across BC. We are the only animal welfare organization in BC that has the authority to enforce laws relating to animal cruelty, and to recommend criminal charges. See more...

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