It was clear that you not only felt for us-but with us.
Pamela and David
Upper Chichester, PA
If you wish to make donations in honor of Hope to help provide for his care, please visit http://www.ccspca.org/donate/in-honor-of-donations/. Keep in mind that Hope will be transferred to the care of Chester County SPCA until the court hearing against James Myers is finalized. He is considered evidence and is not able to be adopted at this time. There are SO many cats and kittens that can be adopted at your local shelter in honor of Hope.
Thousands of people wish to be a hero to this one little kitten when there are thousands of cats that need just one hero to adopt them from their local shelter. They will be just as grateful and love you just as much!!
They have everything from Amazon Gift Cards to full Pet Photography sessions. There will be a plethora of fun stuff to bid on and 100% of the proceeds will go to the cancer treatment of a truly wonderful dog that has touched so many lives. Each bid or ‘ticket’ is $5 and you can put in as many ‘tickets’ as you like to win your favorite items. The raffle will go live on the morning of August 8th 2014. Click HERE for the website.
Dr. Steve Mehler received his DVM from Michigan State University. He completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery and a small animal surgery residency at the Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Following his residency, he joined the surgical faculty at Michigan State University and helped run the Interventional Radiology Service. Dr. Mehler served as Chief Medical Officer of Infiniti Medical and currently is a staff surgeon at Hope Veterinary Specialists and Chief Medical Officer of Jazz Medical. Dr. Mehler has published in many peer reviewed journals and textbooks on surgical diseases of cats and dogs as well as exotic species. His research and clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery and interventional radiology, and surgical diseases of the extrahepatic biliary tract in dogs and cats.
Acute Traumatic Wounds: Combining Ancient Techniques with Modern Therapies
This lecture will cover the etiologies of acute traumatic wounds and the principles of open wound management. Case examples will be presented to demonstrate the latest in wound dressings and current recommendations for daily management.
Wound Reconstruction: Flaps, Grafts, Tips and Tricks
This lecture will pick up where open wound management left off and discuss the principles of getting even the most challenging wounds closed. The lecture will cover tension relieving techniques, simple local flaps, axial pattern flaps, and free grafts.
Bandages, Splints, Slings, and Casts
This lecture is a refresher for proper placement of bandages, splints, casts, and slings. It will cover the most important aspects of external coaptation and demonstrate how to avoid bandage complications.
Hemostasis: All Bleeding Stops, Eventually
This lecture will cover the basic principles and techniques of intraoperative hemostasis. Some new and novel products will be introduced.
Gastrointestinal Emergency Surgery: The Blood and Guts of Blood and Guts
The animal with a true surgical gastrointestinal emergency requires a rapid but thorough physical examination and concurrent cardiovascular stabilization and correction of electrolyte and acid-base disturbances. Knowledge and experience with appropriate perioperative monitoring combined with a healthy suspicion for potential complications associated with gastrointestinal surgery is essential for a positive outcome. This lecture will discuss techniques used to help avoid common complications associated with gastrointestinal surgery.
Hernias: Battle of the Bulge
This lecture will cover all hernias: congenital, acquired, and iatrogenic. The main goal of the lecture is to describe the techniques to reduce and repair hernias without recurrence and without complications.
Hope is overwhelmed by all the love he is feeling by so many concerned and caring pet owners! Thank you all for taking the time to reach out and inquire about him!
Please understand that we need to keep our phone lines open for clients that need to get through to discuss their medical needs for their sick pets.
Hope is not ready for adoption just yet. Because there is still an ongoing legal case against the owner, Hope will be required to be placed in a loving foster home through the Chester County SPCA. Once the case is settled, Chester County SPCA is the best organization to properly screen and select the best owner for Hope. To make a donation for the care of Hope, please visit: http://www.ccspca.org/donate/in-honor-of-donations/ and name Hope as the recipient of the donation. West Whiteland Township Police Dept, CCSPCA, and Hope Veterinary Specialists would be appreciative and grateful for your donation.
Hope Veterinary Specialists is more than welcome to pass your information along to them. Please email us at email@example.com with your contact information. We are sorry that we are not able to receive calls or discuss adoption of Hope. Regretfully, Hope is not able to receive any visitors since he is still recovering and does not have all his vaccinations just yet.
Hope Veterinary Specialists has worked with Chester County SPCA in the past when they raided a puppy mill and pulled over 300+ dogs out of implorable conditions. They are a great organization with many caring volunteers and we have no doubt they will select and choose the best home for our little snaggle tooth friend!
August 5, 2014
Man Charged With Animal Cruelty After Kitten Given Heroin
Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan and West Whiteland Police Chief Joseph Catov announced the arrest of defendant James Myers for animal cruelty and drug charges. The defendant was caught by the police in the process of abusing a kitten. The kitten had been choked with a rope, was bleeding, and had been given heroin. The kitten was revived by a veterinarian who administered Narcan. The defendant was in possession of heroin and heroin paraphernalia. District Attorney Tom Hogan stated, “The abuse of this kitten was a singularly depraved act. Heroin addicts abuse themselves, animals, and children without remorse or regret. What punishment is severe enough for this type of evil?”
Chief Catov stated, “Our department is working closely with the District Attorney’s Office in order to bring this case to a successful conclusion. We are thankful that the kitten was saved.”
The defendant resides on the 1300 block of Mary Jane Lane, West Chester, PA. He is 24 years old.
The facts alleged in the criminal complaint are as follows:
On Sunday, August 3, 2014, at approximately 4:40 a.m., West Whiteland Police Officer Marc Meshurle was patrolling Dunwoody Drive in West Whiteland Township. The officer spotted the defendant parked in the middle of the street with his driver’s door open. Under the driver’s door was a small black kitten. The kitten’s neck was bound tightly with rope. The kitten was bleeding from its face and several teeth had been knocked out. Spray painted on the roadway near the vehicle was the phrase “SLAM IT YOU PU$$Y.” The kitten appeared to have been dragged and/or slammed into the ground. Police executed a search warrant on the vehicle. Police found bundles of heroin, hundreds of used bags of heroin, 46 hypodermic needles commonly used for ingesting heroin, rope which matched the rope used on the kitten, and a small box with cat feces in it.
The kitten was taken to a veterinarian, Dr. Jennifer Magilton at the HOPE Veterinary Clinic in Malvern, PA. The kitten was suffering from head trauma, was lethargic, and was not responding. Initially, there was discussion about euthanizing the kitten because of its condition. However, when the veterinarian heard all of the circumstances of the case combined with the kitten’s physical condition, she determined that the kitten had been given heroin. The veterinarian administered Narcan to the kitten. Narcan, the trade name for the drug Naloxone, is an opioid antagonist commonly given to humans who have overdosed on heroin.
When the Narcan was administered, the kitten immediately revived. In the absence of an opiate such as heroin in the kitten’s system, the Narcan would have had no effect on the kitten. The kitten currently is recovering at the veterinary clinic and eventually will be transferred to another facility for adoption.
The defendant has been charged with cruelty to animals, drug possession, and related charges.
District Attorney Hogan added, “There is no excuse for cruelty to a defenseless animal. The West Whiteland Police Department should be commended for intervening to stop this abuse. Dr. Magilton should be praised for her quick thinking to save the kitten’s life.”
Anybody with any further information should contact West Whiteland Police Officer Marc Meshurle at 610-363-0200.
*A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in court.
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Approved for release:
Thomas P. Hogan