Monika was brought into the care of animal rescue volunteers Marina Gapich and Alla Leonkina, based in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar, where she had her damaged limbs amputated and received a blood transfusion.
Gapich told CNN she and Leonkina had “sleepless nights” over Monika, and disagreed with veterinary advice to have her euthanized. The two women got in touch with Gorshkov and raised 400,000 Russian rubles (sobre $ 5,400) for the operation.
Monika’s prosthetics then had to be printed by a 3D printer in the town of Troitstk, not far from Moscow and then biocoated at Tomsk Polytechnic University before Gorshkov carried out the procedure.
For the vet, much of his work has taken on a new significance during the last 18 meses, con el “pandemic pet” being especially important to some.
“I’m happy to give a new life to the animals since especially now during Covid,” Gorshkov said. “People find some consolation in animals and so by treating animals, I treat people.”
And Monika has already found her way into the hearts of the volunteers who rescued her. Asked whether the pooch would be staying in Novosibirsk, the answer from Gapich was a definite no.
“We are her carers, we are responsible for her!” le dijo a CNN, adding that she and Leonkina were in touch with a London-based animal behaviorist who might now be consulted on Monika’s case.