Little Paws Big Hearts (LPBH)

LPBH is a pro-life organisation that would go to great lengths to rescue, treat and place an animal.

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Little Paws Big Hearts (LPBH) grew from small beginnings to a major player in the animal care sector. LPBH is a pro-life organisation that would go to great lengths to rescue, treat and place an animal.
The SPCA ceased a Greyhound named Moya from his foster owners and amputated its leg.
Little Paws Big Hearts issued a statement that reads as follows:
It has come to Little Paws Big Hearts’ attention that incorrect information is being disseminated and published regarding a Greyhound (named Moya) who was entrusted to the organisation by his owner for medical care.
We hereby would like to set the record straight by providing a chronological record of events pertaining to Moya’s treatment and rescue. These records are available from Dr. M. Hansen from the Evander Veterinary Clinic and can be corroborated by her.
13 June 2017: Moya was handed over to Little Paws Big Hearts (LPBH) for treatment of a swollen right front leg. Moya was taken to the Evander Veterinary Clinic and seen by a veterinarian. Due to the fact that LPBH did not have funds for x-rays, none were taken. Moya’s leg was clinically diagnosed with a fracture of the radius and ulna and the leg was put in a splint and Rimadyl tablets were administered for the swelling and pain. Bandage changes occurred on the following dates: 17 June, 22 June, 29 June, 5 July and 11 July.
5 July 2017: Pressure sores developed on the elbow and medial side of the leg. The sores were treated accordingly at the Evander Veterinary Clinic. The veterinarian reported that the fracture felt more stable.
31 July 2017: Moya was treated for lethargy with Baytril and Rimadyl (antibiotics and painkillers).
11 September 2017: LPBH took Moya to Evander Veterinary Clinic as Moya had difficulty walking with the right front leg. A clinical examination showed that Moya suffered pain in his right front leg and that the leg was rotating outwards when walking. X-rays which showed a healed fracture were sent for a second opinion to the faculty of Veterinary Science at Onderstepoort. Dr. Kitshoff (of the faculty) advised that Moya be brought to Onderstepoort for further examination as the pain might be emanating from Moya’s elbow.
12 September 2017: Evander Veterinary Clinic informed LPBH of these findings and LPBHs informed the veterinarian that funds need to be raised for the second opinion (LPBH being a non-for profit organisation).
9-14 October 2017: Moya was admitted to the veterinary clinic and treated for gastritis.
12 April 2018: Moya’s foster parent took him to Evander Veterinary Clinic on behalf of LPBH for a check-up. According to the foster parent, Moya was in a lot of pain. The veterinarian discussed the following three options with the foster parent and LPBH:
– Referral to Onderstepoort for specialist treatment
– Amputation of the right front leg
– Euthanasia
LPBH requested a quotation for the amputation. The quotation and a report of Moya’s condition were emailed to LPBH by Evander Veterinary Clinic. Pain medication was given to Moya’s foster parent to administer over a period of ten consecutive days. The SPCA also enquired after treatment options for Moya and they were informed accordingly.
17 April 2018: A transfer of R3000 was transferred to Evander Veterinary Clinic which was earmarked for Moya’s treatment plan.
4 May 2018: Moya was taken to the SPCA for right front leg amputation. The amputation as well as sterilization was done the same day. Moya was hospitalized until 7 May 2018. He was discharged with antibiotics and pain medication to Mrs. Geel of Highveld Ridge SPCA. The procedures were done on the SPCA’s account (this despite funds being deposited in to Evander Veterinary Clinic’s account for the amputation).
12 May 2018: Moya’s foster parent took him to Evander Veterinary Clinic for a check-up and requested more anti-inflammatories for him.
Claims that Moya has not received treatment for his leg are incorrect. Claims that LPBHs did nothing to assist Moya are also factually incorrect. The organisation acted upon instruction of the veterinarian and it was the foster parent who received a written warning from the SPCA for failing to give Moya adequate veterinary care. A magistrate issued a seizure order in the foster parent’s name. After Moya’s discharge, the SPCA allowed for the foster parent to adopt the dog despite the written warning and seizure order.
Any claims contradicting these facts are inflammatory and leaves LPBH no other option than to seek legal counsel. LPBH trust that the above dispels any doubt that the organisation did not act accordingly.

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