Shelter Inundated with Donations for Thomas the Great Dane

By Michael Horowicz
|  Wednesday, Oct 13, 2010  |  Updated 3:31 PM EDT
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Shelter Inundated with Donations for Thomas the Great Dane

Thomas the Great Dane

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Who says New Yorkers don't care?

Pets Alive Westchester, formerly the Elmsford Animal Shelter, says more than $15,000 in donations have come in after the story of Thomas the dog was featured on NBCNewYork.com and WNBC TV.

When Thomas was left outside the shelter last week, both his front paws were bent inward. Volunteers at first thought Thomas had a birth defect, but doctors examined the nine-month old purebred Great Dane and determined that its legs had been broken and never properly healed.

Thomas underwent delicate surgery to repair his paws -- an operation which cost $8000, which the no-kill shelter couldn't afford.

But after NBCNewYork reported on the shelter's situation, their phones began to ring with generous New Yorkers.

And now Thomas is doing fine, but he's back in the hospital today to have is bandages redone after gnawing at them. The shelter also reports it has received dozens of applications to adopt Thomas. 

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