Link Between Injured Service Dog, Master
Robert Irvin, of Hoopeston, Ill., and his Seeing
Eye dog Millie have been inseparable for nearly 6 years, but that bond
was nearly severed after a hit-and-run accident in July.
Millie, a golden retriever, kept Irvin from harms way when a pickup
truck sideswiped them as they walked along a street near their home
one Saturday evening. But Millie was hit by the truck and taken to the
Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana for medical treatment.
Dr. Cassandra Brown
was pleased with Millies progress as reported by owner Robert
Irvin during a check up a week after Millie was released from
the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
A few days later,
after Millies condition had stabilized, veterinary surgeons at
the University of Illinois in Urbana spent 5 hours to perform a CT scan,
extract seven fractured teeth, and repair jaw and skull fractures. Within
a week, Millie was home with Irvin.
I dont think Ill ever have another dog as special
as Millie, says Irvin.
Harrietts Fund and LifeLink helped cover the medical expense of
Millies surgery and stay in the intensive care unit, which was
beyond Irvins means. The LifeLink program was created to assist
in paying for veterinary care for the pets of the elderly, disabled,
or others who are critically dependent on social service programs.
Dr. Cassandra Brown, a resident in small animal medicine at the Veterinary
Teaching Hospital, oversaw Millies treatment. Dr. Sandra Manfra
Marretta, veterinary surgeon and dentist, performed the operation to
repair Millies jaw and skull fractures. Millie also suffered four
broken ribs and cuts on her legs.
For more information about Harrietts Fund and the LifeLink program,
call the advancement office at 217/333-2762 or look on the Web at www.cvm.uiuc.edu/advancement/.