An adorable puppy miraculously survived a leap from a five-story building in New Jersey Thursday, but animal advocates are asking for help getting her the treatment she needs to recover.
The 7-month-old female pit bull, named Lexi, jumped off the roof of the building in Bayonne, leaving her with two badly injured legs and trouble breathing, the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge said on its Facebook page Thursday.
She is under 24-hour surveillance, and her breathing has improved after doctors removed air from her chest.
The puppy's left hind leg dangled from her body after it was severely damaged in the fall and will need surgery, according to Frannie D'Annunzio of the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge. She added that the pooch's left front leg may also need operation and that Lexi may also have a fractured pelvis.
Lexi was found with serveral lesions and bruises on her body and is currently on pain medications. Her 17-year-old owner has given her up, but the pup won't be up for adoption for a while.
The group says Lexi is its fourth seriously injured dog in the last month. Visit the organization's Facebook page to find out how you can help.