at Mon Mar 26 20:43:06 2012 [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Feathers_First ]
We got a call today from a friend of ours that does dog rescue. A friend of hers had seen a large boa or python loose by the river. They went and picked her up and brought her to our house for me to look at her. She turned out to be about a 8-9ft burmese python that was severely abused. She had a stab wound in the side of her neck, a large chunk of skin was cut out of her side and she even had a microdermal implant crudely placed in her back. I called my herp vet and scheduled an appointment for 7:30pm, the earliest available. After I got of the phone we realized that the wound in her neck was very bad and I called back and told them we would be coming in for an emergency appointment. We took her in, she weighed 21lbs and was super sweet. She curled around the vet and even laid her head right on the vets cheek. The vet confirmed that this was absolutely, without a doubt a case of animal cruelty. They anesthetized her and placed her in an incubator so they could keep her warm and examine her wounds more closely.
After about an hour or so they came back and told us the unfortunate prognosis, the stab wound in her neck went the entire way through and came out the bottom, it pierced her trachea and esophagus and there was nothing that could be done. If her trachea and esophagus hadn't been compromised she would have been able to be rushed into emergency surgery but the vet said that with as slow as snakes heal and the severity of the injuries that surgery would just be too cruel and painful and probably wouldn't be successful.
We had no choice but to have her humanely euthanized, with snakes they like to watch them for 24 hours after the euthanasia but we will be able to pick her up tomorrow and we will be burying her at our home.
We have contacted the local news stations and the police(still waiting to hear back) and we are doing everything we can to find the sick people that did this to this poor creature.
I'm so upset right now, she was such a sweet snake, we were really hoping she would pull through with surgery but she was just too injured. I hope we can find who did this, it's just disgusting. We have many pictures of her but I will not post them here unless you guys really want me to, they are VERY graphic. If anyone would like to see them they are all publicly posted on my facebook page, you can find them here, but like I said, it isn't pretty.
There are also more that I was tagged in but are not in my album.
Please share if you can.
Edited on April 2, 2012 at 15:16:36 by PHFaust.
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