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8/17/06-Tyler

Tyler Veterinarians Go Beyond The Call

You'd never know Trinity was sick by just looking at her, but her life threatening heart condition is apparent the minute you listen its rapid beating. You can even feel it through her small chest.

Dr. Sharon Philips explains the condition.

"There's a vessel, when their inside the mom as a fetus, it's open to allow blood to bypass the lungs, because the mother oxygenates the blood for them. When they're born, that vessel should close. Her's didn't," says Philips.

If left untreated, that open vessel will lead to congestive heart failure which would kill her within three or four years. Her only chance at a normal life is a $2500 dollar surgery to repair her heart.

Trinity's original owner couldn't afford that so, the Tyler Veterinary Center has taken her in, and they're doing whatever it takes to raise the money.

"We're shameless. We'll bring the puppy up and let them see, because, she's just so cute and so sweet," says Philips.

The clinic sees countless precious puppies every year, but for some reason, they immediately fell in love with Trinity.

Clinic Manager Melanie Weaver says, "She just really gets in your heart, and she's so friendly and loving and affectionate. You just want to give her a chance."

The surgery needs to be done as soon as possible so there's no more damage to her heart. They say once she's recovered, they'll work just as hard finding her a home as they have fixing her weakened heart.

The clinic has raised $1500 of the $2500 dollars for the surgery so far. If you'd like to help, donations can be dropped off at the Tyler Veterinary Center on Old Bullard Road.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

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