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13/07/2017 - Appeal for information - Molly


We are desperately appealing for information after a dog, who we have named Molly, was found with a gunshot wound to her head in Bristol.

The Jack Russell terrier, who has injuries to her face and jaw, was rescued by a kind member of the public who found her in Backwell near Bristol Airport last week. We have been caring for Molly since she arrived at our Clinic on 9 July.

Molly arrived with chronic wounds across her body and after an X ray the shocking discovery was made that she had been shot in the face at close range. We are unsure exactly what happened to Molly or how long she has been straying with these severe injuries. We are appealing to anyone who recognises Molly or knows any information to get in touch. Please call the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and ask to leave a message for Chief Inspector John Atkinson.

Dr Damian Pacini, who has been leading the team caring for Molly, said: “Molly arrived at the RSPCA Bristol Clinic in a very poor condition. Since her arrival she has been receiving 24 hour care by a team of dedicated vets and nurses. Her condition is severe but stable, and we are focusing all of our energy on making her as comfortable as possible while we continue her treatment.”

We will be updating our Facebook page daily with updates on Molly’s condition, so please return to our page to keep up to date with her progress.

We would kindly ask that you read our answers to any comments below before posting your own question to us – we will respond to any queries on this post as quickly as possible. We are not currently taking any enquiries from members of the public to adopt Molly – she has a long road of recovery ahead of her and right now our focus is on making her comfortable and improving her injuries.

The RSPCA Bristol Clinic provides vital and often life-saving veterinary treatment for straying, neglected, abused and rescued animals – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In 2016 we covered 6,396 hours of emergency veterinary service outside of normal clinic hours. Due to the nature of our work we often treat and care for animals that have unfortunately been injured and harmed in unspeakable ways.

All of this care is possible thanks to the kind donations of our incredible supporters; if anybody would like to make a contribution towards Molly’s care please go to the bottom of the page. 

Update 9 - 11 August

Good morning from lovely Molly.

Molly is continuing to do well. Her cheeky personality is revealed more, day by day. There is nothing she loves more than a fuss from her carers.

As you'll see from the final photo, Molly's fur is gradually growing back on the wound on her side, and her facial wound is also slowly healing.

She is still enjoying her small walks around, and loves getting off her lead and enjoying pottering around our outside play area.

Thank you to everybody who has sent her toys and other treats - she has a lovely new lead and collar! Thank you also to everybody who continues to ask how she is.

Update 8 - 3 August

Molly is continuing to progress with her treatment, and the veterinary team are pleased with her improvements.

Molly is no longer anaemic, and her white blood cell count is now normal.

At the beginning of the week Molly‘s face expelled a dead bone fragment and part of the cartridge through the wound in the side of her face. After X rays, our vets are confident however that the remaining jaw bone is all viable.

Molly has grown extremely close to her carers, and enjoys playing with her cuddly toys, and taking small walks outside of her kennel. She is putting on weight well - and still enjoys her treats!

Update 7 - 28 July 

This morning Molly was having a routine wound clean on the side of her face and during the process an incredible 36 pellets expelled themselves.

Molly was an absolute champion throughout the entire procedure, resting calmly on our vet nurses leg – while receiving treats! We’ve posted a photo of the pellets for you to see the sheer amount that were removed.

It would have caused too much tissue damage to try and remove the pellets surgically, so we're delighted that little Molly’s body is doing the job of expelling the foreign bodies naturally.

We plan to continue with treatment of the wounds, and more pellets may emerge in time.
After, Molly returned to her kennel for her yummy breakfast.
Thank you for your continued messages of support for Molly and our staff.

Update 6 - 26 July

Molly is continuing to gradually improve. Yesterday she was trotting around our outdoor play area with her ball - she isn't able to pick it up yet, but she enjoys playing with it in her own cute way.

Her personality is emerging, and it is clear that she has two favourite things: food, and the staff who look after her. Molly has learnt to wait by the food cupboard (as shown in the picture!) when she comes back in from outside, to get a treat before returning to her kennel for a rest.

Her wounds are slowly improving, and her terrier curiosity is gradually increasing - this is a delight to see.

Update 5 - 21 July:

Molly has been playing in our outdoor play area this morning. She enjoyed playing in the tyres, searching for treats!

Just this morning Molly discovered toys - playing with a soft ball for the first time. She isn't able to pick it up in her mouth properly yet, so instead she taps it with her nose, to hear the squeak!

Update 4 - 18 July:

Molly continues to wag her tail and is gradually coming out of herself day by day.
She is now a lot more comfortable after receiving pain relief and antibiotics to fight her chronically infected wounds – we will continue this method of treatment for the foreseeable future.

Molly is progressing well for now, and we have received the blood results which show that her lead levels are currently under control. Molly also has an ulcer in her eye which we are treating.

Her body condition is gradually improving and she continues to enjoy her food!

The vet taking care of Molly, Dr Damian Pacini, appeared on BBC Radio Bristol this morning to discuss Molly's care. If you'd like to hear his interview, you can listen back here (2.06 hours in):

Update 3 - 17 July:

Molly has had a stable weekend and the staff are pleased that she is starting to come out of herself a little. She’s using her voice every now and then, and even gave us a small wag of her tail!

She is eating well and her drip was removed over the weekend. She is out of intensive care and has been moved to a larger kennel in our Clinic. Our staff continue to make her as comfortable as possible.

We are still awaiting some crucial blood test results that will determine Molly’s future treatment.

We would like to thank you for all of your kind messages of support over the weekend, we will continue to keep you updated.

Update 2 - 14 July:

Molly has just finished her breakfast, and is in a stable but critical condition. She is on a drip in our intensive care unit, we are providing her with intense supportive treatment around the clock.

She is receiving antibiotics and anti-inflammatories and we are awaiting blood results.
Again we would like to thank you for all of your kind messages and comments. Your messages of support mean the world to the staff who are taking care of Molly, and the entire Branch.

Update 1 - 13 July:

Molly has had a difficult night, she is currently in intensive care receiving fluids. Her condition is critical and we are working around the clock to make her as comfortable as possible.

Our vets are awaiting blood samples on lead levels which can take several days for the results to come back. In the meantime we are treating her for lead toxicity.

Thank you all so much for your kind messages of support for Molly. We will continue to keep you updated on her condition.

Donating to Molly and her friends

We have received a lot of lovely messages from kind members of the public who would like to donate towards Molly's care, and the work of our 24 hour Clinic.

We would like to thank all of our incredible supporters who have already donated. 

Our Clinic cares for:

Stray & homeless animals: Many sick and injured animals are brought to the Clinic for emergency treatment and on-going care. This can include animals harmed in road traffic accidents, and animals like Molly who have been found straying by a member of the public.

Cruelty & neglect cases: One of the most difficult yet rewarding parts of our work is looking after cruelty cases brought in by the National RSPCA Inspectors. They know that our dedicated and expert team will provide the very best of care for an animal that has been rescued from cruelty or neglect.

Subsidised treatment: It is important that no pet suffers because its owner cannot afford veterinary treatment which is why we offer low-cost veterinary treatment to pet owners on state benefits and very low incomes.

Wildife casualties: Although most of our patients are domestic pets, we also provide first aid for wildlife casualties, from badgers and foxes to swans, ducks and hedgehogs.

Dogs & Cats Home residents: The Clinic provides all of the care and veterinary treatments to the residents of Bristol Dogs & Cats Home.

How to donate:

Text to donate 

Text ‘LOVE13 £10’ to 70070 to donate today to help Molly and her friends at our RSPCA Bristol Clinic & Bristol Dogs Home. You can amend the amount you wish to donate, e.g. ‘LOVE13’ followed by £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070 to make a donation via your mobile phone. Follow the text prompts if you are a UK Tax Payer and wish to Gift Aid your donation.


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