AT THE CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE )S ANIMAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT — JUST BECAUSE A PET IS HOMELESS, DOESN )T MEAN IT GETS ANY (LESS CARE THAN ANOTHER ANIMAL. NEWS 13 )S STEPHANIE CHAVEZ SHOWS US HOW THEY TREAT THOSE PETS — AND GIVE THEM THE LIFE THEY DESERVE. THIS IS LINUS… 8;23 Dr.Vigil he was born with bones that weren )t very strong. 8;26. HE )S WEARING TWO CASTS AND A CONE AS HE RECOVERS FROM TWO BROKEN LEGS… 8;27 Dr. Vigil when he jumped down from a couch he broke one leg, and as that one was being repaired he jumped down from another bed and broke the other leg. 8;35 DR. VIGIL — A VETERINARIAN FOR ALBUQUERQUE ANIMAL WELFARE, 53 nats barking ;57 . IS THE WOMAN RESPONSIBLE FOR MENDING LINUS. .8;36 vigil we )re dealing with bringing him back and getting those bones to heal. 8;40 FOR THIS LITTLE GUY — AND SO MANY OTHER ANIMALS AT THE SHELTER — DR. VIGIL IS A MIRACLE WORKER. .5;52 We are doing lots of surgeries, orthopedic surgeries, and big soft tissue surgeries that weren )t done before in shelters. 5;59 LAST YEAR, SHE SAYS, 1;48 meow – “i know this part is itchy” 1;50. SHE AND HER TEAM COMPLETED ABOUT 200 SPECIAL SURGERIES ON STRAY, HOMELESS ANIMALS… 7;42 We want to take the time to take care of these animals who need special care. 7;45 LIKE IKE, 1;51 meow 1;53 . THE TABBY CAT WHO WAS TAKEN IN WITH A FRACTURED FEMUR. .6;58 we actually did some pins and wires to help put his bone back together. 7;02 OR MAY – A DAUCHSHUND CHIHUAHUA MIX WHO HAD A DIAPHRAGMATIC HERNIA. .9;03 from trauma that dog had all of her organs pushed into her chest, and it was collapsing her lungs – so we did a surgery where we had to breathe for her through the entire surgery, remove her organs from her chest and put them back into her abdomen. 9;20 SHE SAYS THE SPECIALTY SURGERIES CAN COST TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS — DEPENDING ON THE NEEDS OF THE ANIMAL. 5;12 a lot of these animals have problems that requre multiple surgeries 5;15 . 5;20 when you start looking at surgery after surgery, and treatment after treatment, it gets really expensive. 5;25 STEPHANIE CHAVEZ KRQE NEWS 13. WHILE BASIC CARE IS TAXPAYER- FUNDED… SPECIALTY SURGERIES ARE FUNDED BY DONATIONS TO THE “ANGEL FUND.” IF YOU )RE INTRESTED IN DONATING, OR BECOMING A FOSTER PET-PARENT — HEAD TO ALWAYS ON KRQE DOT COM.