Good Samaritan helps save injured puppy
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (WSVN) -- A puppy who survived a run-in with a freight train got lucky when a Good Samaritan came to his rescue.
The puppy was abandoned in an open shipping container.
The man who rescued him took him to a veterinarian who amputated one of his legs to try and save his life.
Lucky is a 12-week-old lab mix who is just happy to be loved after enduring the trauma he has faced.
Greg Bowser found Lucky and what he saw left him heartbroken. "I was at work and a co-worker told me that he saw a dog limping in this industrial area," said Bowser. "It was about 8:30 at night, and I went over with a flashlight, and when I did find him he was pushed up inside this container. That's when I realized that his leg had been completely cut of."
So Bowser immediately called his wife and brought Lucky to Hollywood Animal Hospital. "No question about it, we decided to save his life," said Bowser.
Veterinarians at Hollywood Animal Hospital immediately began working on Lucky because there wasn't much time. "This poor puppy with the degree of trauma he had, being left in that drain pipe," said Dr. James Dee. "This puppy would not have survived very long with the amount of infection that was already going on in the leg. He'd have passed."
So in an effort to save Lucky, they began performing multiple surgeries, beginning with an amputation. "Essentially, he had severe damage to his left hind limb," said Dee. "We were going to try and salvage the limb but there was so much tissue trauma and infection going on, it had to be amputated."
Doctors said Lucky is healing according to plan. "We had a good meal last night after the surgery," said Dee, "and we seem to be coming along quite well and hopefully we'll be able to send him home to the Bowsers sometime this coming week."
Doctors expect Lucky to be fine, and said he will be able to walk and run once he learns how to adapt to missing one of his legs. They also said he was lucky that he was found just in time. "Fortunately, Mr. Bowser had it in his heart to pick him up and see that he could get some good care," said Dee.
The Bowsers have paid $800 toward the $2800 medical bills for Lucky. They are also looking to place him with a loving family that will take care of him.
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