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Injured and abandoned puppy has surgery. ‘We are thrilled that he made it through’

Sacramento shelter puppy recovering after brain surgery

Thomas, a puppy found injured and abandoned in Sacramento, was taken to Bradshaw Animal Shelter on March 6. He underwent surgery March 15 and is recovering.
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Thomas, a puppy found injured and abandoned in Sacramento, was taken to Bradshaw Animal Shelter on March 6. He underwent surgery March 15 and is recovering.

A week after a puppy was taken to Bradshaw Animal Shelter with head trauma, he's on the road to recovery.

The puppy, named Thomas, was found on Peck Drive and Harley Way near Florin Road in Sacramento on March 6 and brought in by a woman who found him, according to the shelter.

He needed surgery, which was estimated to cost up to $10,000. The shelter's nonprofit partner T.E.A.M. (Team 4 Animals) set up an online fundraiser Wednesday and reached the goal before the end of the day.

"TEAM funds thousands and thousands of dollars worth of critical medical care for our animals every year," Janna Haynes, communication and media officer for the shelter, wrote in an email to The Bee.

After undergoing surgery, the shelter gave an update on his progress.

"After five hours in surgery, Thomas is finally out and recovering in ICU," Haynes said. "Thomas’ surgery was a success, considering the complexity of his injury."

The procedure included removing all soft tissue and all but one of the bone fragments from his head.

"While Thomas does still have a large defect in his brain from the injury, his young age and the brain’s high capability for repairing itself, along with the aid of the surgery, gives us hope for recovery," Haynes wrote.

He's expected to make a physical recovery, but his long-term neurological prognosis remains unknown. He'll be monitored for several days while on the mend.

"We are thrilled that he made it through," Haynes wrote. "We appreciate the support of the local community ... in our efforts to save this puppy’s life!"

The shelter is still seeking information on how Thomas was injured. Anyone who can help is urged to message the shelter or call 311.

"We really need someone to help us identify this dog," Haynes told The Bee last week. "Someone knows who he belongs to."

Baby Thomas, a puppy at the Bradshaw Animal Shelter, will receive craniotomy surgery to remove the loose bone fragments which are resting on his brain. The damage to the right hemisphere of his brain is impacting his balance, hearing,

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