Puppy with life-threatening heart condition needs help to stay alive


A young pup is in need of the community’s help to stay alive.

Phoebe, an eight-week-old Pomeranian, needs major heart surgery. Animal Protective Foundation is now trying to raise money for that huge medical bill.

“Oh, she is just a doll. She really is just a puppy that wants to be a puppy.”

So far, Phoebe’s short life has not been easy. The puppy was given to the Animal Protective Foundation by a local breeder who found out she had a life-threatening heart condition.

“That was just too much to take on but they wanted to do the best for Phoebe that’s why they contacted APF.”

Phoebe made the trip on this cold rainy June day to Upstate Veterinary Specialties in Latham to meet with the cardiac team.

“Phoebe has PDA which is a vessel of the heart that help shunts blood away while she’s in her mother’s womb.”

Her foster mom Brianne Doherty explained that vessel normally closes back up after birth but it didn’t for Phoebe.

“Without correcting that she’ll go into heart failure.”

Her tiny heart now under a lot of pressure and her lungs are just not getting enough blood.  The lifesaving heart surgery will cost upwards of $5,000.

“APF is a nonprofit. We have a lot of animals in our care we need the help to help cover the cost.”

That’s where you come in by giving Phoebe a chance at a future and a happy life.

Donate to the APF and help Phoebe.

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