A very lucky escape for Sammy Pisasale
HE'S Ipswich's First Dog and he's lucky to be alive.
Sammy Pisasale, the nine-year-old pet shar pei belonging to Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale and his wife Janet, had to be rushed to surgery last week after he was impaled on a fence.
Last Thursday, Sammy tried to squeeze through a fence to get into the front yard while the Pisasale family was out.
Despite the small size of the gaps between the metal bars, Sammy managed to push himself through to his back hips before he was stabbed by the spiked metal ornaments on the fence.
He was found slumped over the gate by a groomer from Pampered Pooches who was coming to wash him.
"Craig came round to bathe him and when Sammy didn't meet him at the door he knew something was up," Mrs Pisasale said.
"He called a neighbour over who rushed to help and held Sammy there for three quarters of an hour."
Finally Sammy was rushed to Booval Veterinary Hospital, with half the gate still stuck in him and wrapped around him.
"They had to check if he'd pierced any organs, and when they found out he hadn't we went ahead with the surgery.
"When someone holds your 27kg dog up for 45 minutes to save it you've got to go with everything you can."
One of the spikes was so far inside Sammy it was touching his pelvis.
Booval vet Dr Scott Campbell said Sammy's injury and recovery was amazing.
"There are quite a few things that are remarkable about what happened," he said.
"First that he was able to get up that high, that he didn't do any serious internal damage and that he's recovered so quickly."
Dr Campbell said somehow the spikes had missed Sammy's internal organs.
"There was quite a bit of bruising and trauma, but remarkably it avoided doing any serious damage to organs."
The Pisasales are just happy their beloved dog is up and about, although with a new haircut.
"He's been so tough to cope with it all. He's a wonder dog," Mrs Pisasale said.