The Fayette County Dog Shelter is seeking assistance to help a canine that was struck by a car recently and needs surgery to correct the damage.
On Saturday night the Washington Court House Police Department received a call about a dog who was injured and laying against the bridge on West Court Street. The dog, described in the report as a black, medium sized dog, was looked after by WPD officer Trent Curl until the dog shelter could send someone to retrieve the animal.
“Saturday night I got a call from the police department, they needed some assistance on Court Street,” assistant dog warden Nelson Prater said. “She had been hit by a car there on the bridge and (pointing at the dog) you can tell how swelled up her leg is. Basically her leg is broken at the hip area, so she is going to need some pretty intense surgery to get pins put in there. A lady from the community was traveling home when she called it in. The dog hadn’t even made it up to the sidewalk, but that is where she was headed.”
Roxie, the name given to the dog upon taking her in, was treated for her injuries immediately, but the dog shelter staff decided to go ahead with the surgery and scheduled with Fayette Veterinary Hospital for Wednesday.
“We are very appreciative of officer Curl who was able to get her into the cruiser and watch her while we were on our way,” Prater said. “The police department has far bigger problems other than dogs, but we appreciate all that they and the sheriff’s office do for us. They really go out of there way for us. (Curl) has since checked up on her and made sure she was okay. We are also very glad to have the veterinary hospital helping with this case.”
Usually, the dog shelter handles, with monetary support from the Fayette County Commissioners and others, all of the dog related issues and, for the year, they said they may spend $600 on the care they need. The surgery though is not cheap and will cost around $600 alone. Depending on how old and how badly injured the animal is the dog shelter would consider euthanizing the animal, but Roxie is still very young and can easily recover from a surgery of this type. In this effort, the dog shelter is asking the community for any donations to help pay for the surgery.
“The commissioners have funds in place that help to pay for things like this, but we thought the community might like to help out,” Prater said. “After the surgery she will recover for a few weeks. Once we can find the right family for her Roxie may be adopted out. If we don’t think we can find someone in the community we have other options for adoption with various rescue groups we have used in the past. We really want to thank officer Curl, the motorist who called in the incident and the vet hospital for all of their help.”
For more information about Roxie and her surgery, or to donate to the dog shelter, call (740) 335-6630 or visit the shelter at 1550 Robinson Road. The staff said that all donations are appreciated.
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