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Injured dog needs emergency surgery
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Ended Jun 6, 2013
This poor boy was apparently hit by a car or cars. A family discovered an injured dog on the side of the road. They stopped to help as cars continued to drive by unconcerned. He had to be taken straight to the vet’s office where the vet worked ...
This poor boy was apparently hit by a car or cars. A family discovered an injured dog on the side of the road. They stopped to help as cars continued to drive by unconcerned. He had to be taken straight to the vet’s office where the vet worked diligently to stabilize him. They weren’t sure he would make it through the night, but he fought through it and is still with us. He is still in critical condition, although he is stable for the moment and resting comfortably under heavy sedation. He is also emaciated and appears to have been struck twice by vehicles given his injuries.
Injuries: He had severe pulmonary contusions (bruising) when he came in. He seems much better today and his oxygen saturation was slowly improving without being on oxygen which is good.
He has a fractured femur, which can be repaired with a pin and some wires.
He also has a fractured femoral head, which is the part of bone that makes up the hip joint. This may heal ok on its own, or may require some surgical intervention in the future.
He is not neutered, but that can be completed when they repair his leg if he was stable enough for surgery.
The dog seems pretty friendly, even when he first came in, he didn’t growl or try to bite or anything right after the accident.
He was standing a bit on his own yesterday, even on the injured legs.
They think he is anywhere from 8 months to 1 year old.
The surgery to place the pin and wires is usually pretty straight forward, but there is potential it could move around in the bone and require re-placement at some point.The pin usually can be removed at some point when the bone has healed.

His heartworm test was negative. The surgery to repair the one fractured leg won’t be until probably Thursday (6/6) at the earliest. He seems to be improving, but is not “out of the woods” yet so to speak as far as the lung injuries.
The pin that will be used to repair his leg will need to be removed in about 6-8 weeks.

The estimate the vet gave us for everything would be $1300. If he does well with the surgery to repair the fractured femur and his lungs can heal, the question would just be whether the other leg will give him any trouble. It is possible he will do fine with it, but there is also the potential he would need another surgery at some point to repair it. The dog seems very sweet temperament-wise. He would certainly need to be a long term foster until he is healed and there is time to assess how he will do with the other leg.


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We are setting his fundrazr at $1500 to cover his surgery and any rehab or training he may need as he progresses in his treatment. We'd like to thank Surry Animal Rescue for reaching out to us and entrusting the dog into our care.

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The Merit Pit Bull Foundation strives for a compassionate world where pit bull type dogs live in responsible homes and where owner education, training and anti-cruelty legislation support all pet owners regardless of breed.

As an organization, the Merit Pit Bull Foundation will:
§ Facilitate the rescue and permanent placement of pit bull type dogs whom, were abandoned, neglected, abused and/or surrendered within NC.
§ Promote pit bull type dog education to the public, media, lawmakers, and others
§ Promote and teach responsible dog ownership.
§ Support community needs relating to the benefit and welfare of pit bull type dogs.
§ Bring communities together to strengthen the responsible dog owner's rights.
§ Oppose BSL (Breed Specific Legislation)in all forms. We will, also, actively oppose any legislation either currently on the books or in the form of a bill that we feel is unfair and/or impedes on the rights of responsible dog owners.
§ Support and to help enact more legislative penalties against animal cruelty, neglect, abandonment, and irresponsible actions.
§ Work in conjunction with other rescue groups to promote the values of our organization. While we promote our vision for all breeds, we specifically support pit bull and pit bull "type" breed.

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