Animal Shelter Needs Help Paying for Dog's Surgery

By Lynda Baquero and Michael Horowicz
|  Wednesday, Aug 8, 2012  |  Updated 1:41 PM EDT
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A Great Dane puppy named Thomas had surgery to correct his badly deformed legs.  A Westchester shelter believes the puppy had been abused.

A Great Dane puppy named Thomas had surgery to correct his badly deformed legs. A Westchester shelter believes the puppy had been abused.

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An animal shelter in Westchester needs your help after rescuing an abused puppy who needed expensive surgery.

The dog, a nine month old pure bred Great Dane, was dropped off earlier this week at the shelter -- where workers noticed his front legs were pointed outward at a 90 degree angle.

Kerry Clair, the Executive Co-Director of Pets Alive Westchester, said the dog "was really scared and he kept looking up the road after where his owner had left him. And eventually after about an hour, he reluctantly came with us into the shelter."

The shelter had the pooch evaluated by veterinarians and an orthopedist, who determined "he had broken both ankles at some point in the past and no medical attention had ever been sought for it," Clair told us.

Pets Alive Westchester then brought Thomas (the owner had provided the dog's name) to the Animal Specialty Center in Yonkers.

The puppy had surgery on Thursday. Dr. Kendra Hearon, a surgeon resident at the Center, said "we went in and made a cut in the ulna so that now it allows the radius to straighten out as he continues to grow."

The surgery was expensive though, and the Pets Alive facility -- formerly known as the Elmsford Animal Shelter-- says it doesn't have the funds. They said though that the alternative would have been euthanasia, but pointed out they are a "no-kill" shelter.

Clair says they do have a name of the man who dumped the animal. They're hoping to track him down, and possibly file criminal charges.

Elmsford said veterinarians believe the prognosis is for a full recovery.

The cost of the surgeries and aftercare will run more than $8000, shelter officials said. They are desperately seeking donations to help cover the costs. If you can help, please call 914-592-7334 or log onto PetsAliveWest.org.

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