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Case of the Month

A Family's Delight

A Family's Delight

Mary Herrara loves pit bulls. She believes they’re a breed that gets an undeserved bad reputation because of irresponsible owners. She believes this in spite of the fact that twelve years ago her youngest son, Andrew who was five years old at the time, was attacked by a pit bull and bitten on the face requiring over three hundred stitches and multiple reconstructive surgeries on his eye.

Mary passed along her love of animals to her two sons, Andrew, and his older brother, Adam; so much so in fact that the family decided to get a pit bull puppy last year, both to rescue an animal and to help Andrew address his fears about pit bulls. Little did they know when they picked out an adorable, little puppy from a local shelter, that the poor young animal was deathly ill.

Promptly naming the pup D’Bo after a character from the movie Friday, the Herreras fell hard for D’Bo the first day they brought him home. Much to their dismay, they saw their new puppy get progressively sicker the first day they brought him home. They took him to their veterinarian, Dr. William Bender at the North Valley Veterinary Clinic right away to have him checked out. He was diagnosed with mange and they were able to get medication for that condition. However, three days later when D’Bo’s blood panel came back, the family was horrified to hear that he also had parvo.

            “My boys were absolutely devastated to get this news,” said Mary. “I was so angry when I learned D’Bo had parvo. When I called up the shelter, they told me to bring him back, switch him for another puppy, and that then they’d euthanize him. I told them this is a dog not a purse. I can’t just switch him out and know he’s going to be put to sleep. My boys begged me to work on saving his life.”

            Mary was not alone in her struggle to bring D’Bo back to health. She had what she felt to be the best veterinary care in Southern California on her family’s side. “Dr. Bender is a hero and so is his manager, Todd,” shared Mary. “They devoted themselves to helping me save this puppy.”

            When Mary learned how much it was going to cost to help D’Bo she knew she’d go to any length to do what she could. When Todd gave her a list of people who might be potential donors, she went home straightaway and called up everyone on that piece of paper to see if she could get any support. Much to her amazement, she got a response right away from the Angel Fund to help her with funds.

            “I’m so grateful for the help I got,” said Mary. “The Angel Fund was wonderful, and so were Dr. Bender and Todd. They don’t have a facility there that has twenty-four hour care, so they both came in throughout the night to help save D’Bo’s life. They are true heroes to have devoted their time and knowledge to our puppy to help him. My son’s had a pretty hard life what with the dog bite, and a few learning disabilities, and D’Bo’s presence in his life means the world to him.”

            Mary is grateful for D’Bo’s presence every single day. “He’s the most loving, affectionate dog I’ve ever seen in my life, and he’s made such a huge difference in our family. Our life just wouldn’t be as happy without him in it.”

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