- I GAVE, dammit!
We should go to the press and the school disterict on this one. Make their PTA pay for his vet bills.
To top everything else off, Hope is pregnant.
Nelson has not had his surgery yet. My son had a pretty serious concussion this week so we postponed it.
I totally agree. This is THE REASON why animals in schools is a bad, bad, bad idea. They suffer, and obviously, the kids don't learn much of anything good.
I hate to bring this up, but money is stretched to the limit right now for all of us. We've had thousands of dollars spent on vet bills recently, and these bumblefoot cases are extremely expensive. If anyone could/would help out, we'd greatly appreciate it. I have a paypal set up for the rescue and the email address is firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Get on your bike.
This may also be something to present with Becky's letter as food for thought when teacher's inquire about having a classroom pet. It would help them to better understand a rescue's point of view and what they have seen and why they have good reason to be weary.
I do think that if the school is going to allow animals in the classrooms, they should be held accountable for their care as well. I can't imagine that no other authority figure in that school never saw the pig or his conditions.
The initial wound and mites were probably not intentional - however, vet care should have been sought a long time ago. That is the unacceptable part. To me, a teacher is more culpable because she is using this animal as an example to impressionable kids that this is an OK way to treat an animal.
Julian, sending healing thoughts for your son.
Thinking of both Nelson and Hope as well.
FYI...forgot to bring the nut log for your ratties and the Kaytee pellets last time. Let me know when you'll be at Teresa's so we can coordinate.
Let me know if I can use one of your foot photos on the foot page. I would add a short summary that mentioned he is a severely neglected classroom pig.
- Get on your bike.
I would clean it out first and xray to check bone involvement before going direct to amputation. It could be a case of the size of the paw being due to foreign matter.
If the swelling is limited to the foot and the ankle is normal, the foot may be savable. I don't know how useable it will be but we did have a pig with a bad foot infection that resulted in the bones being eaten away in his paw. We got the infection under control and he just ended up with a limp.
If he's walking on the foot and not showing signs of pain, that's a good sign.