Megan Woelders of Van Isle Veterinary Hospital calms Bella before changing her dressing. Bella, so named because she comes from Bella Bella, had to have a toe amputatedand her dewclaw surgically repaired after being brought to Comox from the Campbell Island community.

Comox SPCA staff hope animal lovers can lend Bella a helping paw

Found with her paw caught in a trap, six-month-old puppy Bella had a tough go for more than two days.

A “surrender” from Bella Bella (hence the name), the weather prevented her from getting the crucial care she needed.

Once the weather cleared enough for travel, Pacific Coastal Airlines generously rushed the injured pup to Comox to get the medical care she needed.

When Bella came to the Van Isle Veterinary Hospital, she was suffering from extensive degloving.

“That’s when the skin has been pulled right back, off the [leg],” explained Van Isle Veterinary Hospital worker Tamara Hewlett , who has been fostering Bella through the recovery process. “She had one toe removed, and the dewclaw was surgically repaired.”

“Poor Bella! This sweet girl’s paw was broken and degloved, which had to have been so painful,” said BC SPCA Comox Valley & District branch manager Emily Priestley. “Despite the agonizing pain she was in, she’s been nothing but affectionate and loving to everyone she meets.”

Bella had surgery a couple of weeks ago, and requires daily care until she’s well enough to be put up for adoption. The estimated costs related to her medical care are expected to exceed $2,200. A non-profit organization, the BC SPCA relies primarily on public donations to carry out its life-saving work in helping the province’s most vulnerable animals.

“We just want this gentle girl to have a second chance at a happy, pain-free life in a loving, forever home,” Priestley says. “She is so outgoing and endearing to everyone she meets! She’s already won over all of our hearts.”

If you can help Bella, you can donate online at spca.bc.ca/medicalemergency or in person at the Comox SPCA, at 1668 Ryan Road East, Comox.

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