Fiona’s tiny, endearing face, while at Carson Animal Care Center in California, caught social media’s eye. Who could understand how a 14-year-old Chihuahua could be roaming the streets as a stray? It had been suspected that Fiona’s irresponsible and heartless owner just didn’t want to spend any money helping her in her most critical time of need.
A volunteer wrote:
“This sweet angel needs help now. She has some heart failure possibility and having some trouble breathing; she is being treated by the Vet. She needs a foster and rescue now to save her life.”
On Wednesday evening, Fiona was rescued by Leave No Paws Behind. Although she was able to relax and sleep soundly all night, Thursday morning’s veterinary examination at the Pet Doctors of Sherman Oaks revealed serious health problems, but rescuers hoped and prayed for the best. Sadly, wishes don’t always come true:
“This is such a sad morning as I must announce with a very heavy heart that sweet little Fiona’s body could not hold on. At 7:45 last night my phone rang and when I saw it was our vets, my heart sank,” wrote the organization’s founder Toby Wisneski posted on Facebook.
Fiona suffered from end stage heart disease and pneumonia. She went into cardiac arrest and all efforts to revive her were futile.
“I was able to find peace through knowing that for at least 24-36 hours she was able to find a little relief, a warm and comfortable bed and arms lovingly wrapped around her, letting her know how much she was loved and that her life mattered. If it is true that animals live only in the moment, then she left us knowing she was not alone, love and cared for her whole life… Rescue is so bittersweet.”
Rest in peace Fiona.
Read the earlier report on Fiona here.
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