Jerry the Chihuahua was rescued by RSPCA Cornwall along with 17 other dogs. They found a little Chihuahua in such a bad condition that he walked like a spider because his knees had fused in all the wrong places. Jerry was in an awful situation with 17 other dogs, cats, and exotic animals.
RSPCA Cornwall took him in, and his legs are in such bad shape that he needs corrective surgery on both hind legs to walk again. RSPCA Cornwall in St Columb has set up a fundraiser to try and raise funds to give Jerry a better life.
The local inspectorate team found Jerry in shocking conditions after his owner could no longer cope with him and his animal companions. On arrival at the rehoming center, it was clear to the team that Jerry had significant issues and a long medical journey ahead of him.
Walk like a spider
“When we first saw Jerry, our hearts broke,” said Sammy Howard, media, marketing, and fundraising manager for RSPCA Cornwall. “He walked like a spider because his knees had fused in the wrong places.
“He would have struggled for years with his condition, and we can only imagine the pain he must have been in. As sad as it is to witness, this only drove us to give him a better life, but we cannot do it without public support. We know times are tough, but we need financial support for Jerry to give him a normal life.”
After seeing a specialist vet, they determined that he needed surgery on both his hind legs and months of physiotherapy to ensure his surgery would be as successful as possible.
The veterinary bill for Jerry is likely to exceed £2,000, but this will at least cover his initial surgery. Any additional funds from the fundraiser will go towards Jerry’s rehabilitation and support of the other needy animals in RSPCA Cornwall care.