A three-year-old Chihuahua is counting her blessings.
She died Tuesday.
Friday, she was preparing to be adopted.
Julietta was dropped off at the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility with a broken leg last week. The staff feared she was abused.
Tuesday, Juli Maher, DVM operated on the dog’s leg with the assistance of Registered Veterinarian Technician Mark Manzon.
For some odd reason, Julietta’s heart stopped beating after the surgery.
“She had no heartbeat, no respiratory rate, she was turning blue,” said Dr. Maher.
Julietta was dead.
Fortunately, Dr. Maher and Manzon just completed a CPR course with updated techniques. The two tried to resuscitate the dog. Julietta started breathing after two minutes.
“That rarely happens,” said Maher.
In 27 years of veterinary medicine, Maher said she’s never seen a dog in that condition come back to life with complete brain function.
“I was just amazed.”
Julietta is still recovering from her leg surgery. She is expected to be put up or adoption within the next eight weeks.