Dasher was found on our regular stray feeding rounds on 24 December 2022. His hind legs were paralysed and he was dragging them around, and we clearly couldn't leave him where he was. We took him for x-rays and they showed a complete spinal fracture and also that his intestines were backed up with poop, meaning he had lost the ability to poop and wee on his own.
These cases are so difficult and it's so very hard to make the decision to end suffering but when making the decision we ask ourselves:
1. Can this dog live a life free from chronic pain?
2. Can the dog wee and poop on its own?
3. Does the dog have the ability to play and move around on its own?
For Dasher the answer was no to the first two. Dasher would have experienced on-going pain from the complete fracture and would have required manual evacuation of poop. We had to let him go.
We are so so sorry Dasher - may you run free and happy.