Abandoned puppy needs second surgery
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SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida animal clinic is hoping to raise money for a second surgery for a dog found abandoned outside a supermarket earlier this month.
Miami-Dade firefighters discovered the young canine inside a shopping cart at a Publix supermarket in Southwest Miami-Dade. They named her Maggie because maggots were eating away at one of her legs when they found her. "It's something that had been rotting for a little while," said the clinic's Nate Watarz about Maggie's injury.
The firefighters, who spotted the pooch during their lunch break, think Maggie had been hit by a car. Fire Rescue Lt. Craig Thornton said he would not let Maggie, a Labrador mix, remain on the streets. "We had one of the firefighters bring the dog to the firehouse," he said.
Thornton said that when he first saw her, she was in very bad shape. "We started an IV on her at the fire station. We cleaned up the wound as much as we could, and then we had someone transport the dog over to here," he said, referring to the Knowles Snapper Creek Animal Clinic, where Maggie is currently being treated.
"The right leg at the time [she arrived] was fractured right through the femur," indicated Dr. LaShonn McNair, a veterinarian at the clinic, as she pointed at an X-ray. Vets, who believe Maggie to be about a year old, were forced to amputate her rear, right leg.
Maggie has since pulled through and is attempting to walk on her own. However, Maggie needs a second surgery in order to correct her back leg and get her adopted into a great home.
A fund has been set up to pay for Maggie's medical bills. If you want to help, please log on to:
To reach the Knowles Animal Clinics/Snapper Creek, call 305-279-2323. You may also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get a PayPal address to help pay for Maggie's bills.
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