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Puppy born with rare upside-down paws goes into cardiac arrest while in surgery and dies

Mila the pug puppy captured our hearts the moment Oliver and Friends Farm Rescue and Sanctuary in Oklahoma said they will do all necessary to give the 7-week-old dog the great life. Sadly, the animal sanctuary revealed tragic news on Monday. Mila suffered a heart attack while undergoing possibly life-changing surgery.

The sanctuary said on Facebook, “I have no idea how to accept or comprehend this. “Her loss is unbearable.” 

Mila and her brother were first saved by Skiatook Paws and Claws, but Mila, who was born with bilateral luxated elbows, a rare and difficult disease that causes her paws to be entirely upside-down, required special care.

Fortunately, the people at Oliver and Friends Farm Rescue and Sanctuary had already catered for a dog with the same problem and were eager to assist Mila.

They stated on Facebook, “she will never walk, run, or play like a normal dog without surgery.”

The animal sanctuary went into detail about Mila’s rehabilitation and sought for contributions, noting the expense of the therapy. Mila would require CT scans as well as 3D printings of her legs before they could proceed with surgery.

While everyone was positive about Mila’s treatment plan, it wasn’t without danger. Mila was scheduled for surgery early Monday morning, but something dreadful had happened as her caregivers waited outside the operating room.

Mila suffered a heart attack and was unable to be resuscitated “after 12 tries at CPR and all humanly imaginable.”

The animal sanctuary stated on Facebook that she was so adored, and we, as well as her vet staff, are torn to pieces.

It’s devastating to hear this awful development. There were high expectations that this would significantly enhance Mila’s life.

Rest in peace Mila. 

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