KHQ reported yesterday that a Spokane oral surgeon who normally operates on humans successfully repaired the palate of a stray dog that had been shot in the face.
Dr. Mark Paxton has performed “hundreds” of cleft palate surgeries on humans, but he had never operated on a dog until he got a call about a 2-year-old stray dog with extensive to its jaw and nose.
The surgery was a success, and the dog should make a full recovery. And Dr. Baxter performed the surgery for free. The Valley Veterinary Clinic, which provided the initial medical care for the dog, didn’t charge for its services either.
The dog had a microchip, but sadly, his owner didn’t want the dog back. Fortunately, a caring group of people rallied together to save the dog’s life, and given the publicity about the operation I’m sure it will have no trouble finding a home.
SCRAPS in Spokane is investigating the shooting. I’ll let you know if I hear anything further.