She'll be on pain medication for the next 10 days and will have to wear the Cone of Shame while we're out of the house, but all things considered, we're happy with how everything panned out.
Spaying is important beyond controlling the pet population - female dogs that aren't spayed are more likely to develop uterine or ovarian cancer. Plus, dogs with uteruses go into heat twice a year, which is uncomfortable for them.
But I guess what's most important isn't that Maple suffered due to someone else's selfishness, or that we had to clean up someone else's mess, but that our dog is healthier having had this surgery.
In the end, Maple's wellness is all that really matters and we're so relieved that our baby is back home!