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Shar Pei Kia was saved from the brink of death by the heroic efforts of RSPCA inspector Justin Stubbs and a team of local vets (Image: RSPCA)
A young dog who suffered life-threatening injuries after falling from a fourth-floor window has been rehomed.
Shar Pei Kia was only eight months old when she fell from her previous owner’s flat, located four floors up, after being left unmonitored on the balcony.
The fall left the poor pup needing x-rays and life-saving treatment for a broken pelvis and punctured lung – but vets at the local surgery where she was taken needed her owner’s permission to treat her.
Thankfully, RSPCA inspector Justin Stubbs was on hand to assist in making contact, having been on call in Bedfordshire.
The battle to save the young Shar pei’s life has since featured in the latest episode of Channel 5’s The Dog Rescuers, which aired at 7pm on 20 July, Tuesday.
Vets placed a tube in little Kia’s chest to remove trapped air.
Sweet Kia, then eight months, who suffered a punctured lung and broken pelvis (Image: RSPCA)
However, it was touch-and-go whether the poor pup – whose oxygen levels dropped drastically low at one point – would survive.
Luckily, the expert veterinarians were able to inflate her lung and Kia could be safely moved to RSPCA’s Harmsworth Hospital for round-the-clock care.
Although an x-ray of Kia’s pelvis showed a fracture in the ilium, vets predicted this would heal in time without the need for surgery.
Additionally, despite concerns that the fall may have damaged her spine, Kia’s mobility was unaffected and vets were delighted to see her walking soon after.
Vet Anna Spasojevic said: “She’s been very lucky.”
The sweet dog, who is thought is to have chewed through the balcony netting when left alone upstairs, was eventually signed over by her old owner and has now found her forever home.
Lovely Kia was quickly adopted by Sarah and Nathaniel Maples, and their son Aaron, from Leicestershire.
Kia enjoying life with her new owners (Image: RSPCA)
Nathaniel said: “We just both fell in love with her.
“I remember the first thing we thought about was those big old chubby cheeks, she looked like a hippopotamus. In a nice way, a cute hippopotamus!
“She is really relaxed, friendly and cuddly so we just poured loads of love on her. She loves a cuddle with Aaron when he comes home from school; they both sit on the couch and she goes up and leans on him.
Adorable dog Kia has settled into her new home (Image: RSPCA)
“It’s amazing when you rescue a dog because you get to see them completely transform.
“You would never know she fell down a four-story building and broke her pelvis. She runs around and jumps around so it’s a really good feeling to watch the transformation.”