In five days, a Shih Tzu named Chevy went from being perfectly OK to completely blind with both of his eyes removed because of an accident at home.
Chevy’s owner, Trish, said Chevy had an accident at the end of February where he hit the edge of the door.
“It was obvious it was bad when it happened,” she recalled. “He needed emergency critical care. The result of that was they removed his left eye that night. A couple of days later his right eye looked like it had an infection. It turned out to be much worse. It wasn’t an infection.”
About five days after the initial incident, Trish said Chevy was in pain and had to have his right eye removed as well.
“My beautiful, handsome, perfect Chevy went from that to completely blind with no eyes at all after five days,” she said.
As expected, the medical bills to cover Chevy’s surgeries were astronomical. Trish said she reached out to several organizations to figure out ways to raise money to cover the costs.
The Humane Society of Louisiana (HSLA) picked up Trish’s call and offered to help. The HSLA is co-sponsoring a walk for Chevy with all the proceeds going to his medical bills.
The event is set for April 22nd from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the South Park in Denham Springs, 7510 Vincent Rd.
“I suggested we try and host a big community event because it’s a lot of money and it’s hard to raise that much on GoFundMe or social media,” said Jeff Dorson, executive director of the Humane Society of Louisiana. “We’re trying to do something more creative. So we’re having a pledge walk and our job is just to get the word out, promote it and encourage people to be creative when they’re in a bind because vet costs are going up and people call us for help.”
Dorson said helping with an event like Saturday’s walk is not something the organization typically does.
“This is kind of new for us because it takes a lot of time and effort and logistics, but we thought the need was there and Trish seemed so sincere in wanting to work with us,” he said. “We thought it was a good use of our time to help and get the word out because it’s in Livingston (Parish), which doesn’t have animal control. We’re going to invite parish councils to come and talk about pet issues.”
“I would love for people to know about the event not only to support Chevy and what he’s going through but the animal world in general,” Trish said.