A ten-month-old puppy is recovering from a fractured neck, ribs and pelvis after being found in a Chicago alley earlier this month. It was Sgt. Michael Tews, who found the sweet little pup; her legs were bleeding and her mouth was foaming. Heartbroken at the defenseless little one’s condition, but a real dog lover, the officer rushed the tiny eight-pound terrier who allegedly had been tossed from a third-floor apartment, to Chicago Animal Care and Control.
It had been on April 9 when the officers rushed to the 700 block of South California Avenue after a call about the injured dog. According to the Chicago Tribune, Melvin Coleman, 37, was arrested on charges he grabbed the dog and threw her over the third-floor apartment porch during a domestic argument. Coleman’s girlfriend owned the dog, however he has denied throwing the dog.
As for the adorable little dog dubbed Callie, Animal Care and Control Executive Director Susan Russell reached out to dog lover, Don Levin, co-owner of the Chicago Wolves, who graciously donated one-third of the puppy’s $6,000 in medical bills. Veterinarian Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove, where Callie underwent surgery and follow-up treatments did not charge for their services. The dog’s previous owner surrendered Callie to the Chicago Animal Care and Control.
Levin’s American Hockey Team hosts a monthly Adopt-A-Dog program during the season, and Levin who is the human companion to six dogs has helped out many times before.
“You can’t stand by and let them die. It was a young dog that could be saved,” Levin stated.
Callie has since been turned over to Fetching Tails Foundation where she is now in foster care. On the organization’s Facebook page, her progress is being monitored and followed by animal lovers everywhere. On Tuesday, Callie called out to her supporters:
“Hi Everyone! It’s Callie. Just thought I’d share my latest progress. … I stood up tonight and ate canned food from the bowl all by myself! I wagged my tail as soon as I saw the food, and kept wagging it for a while while I ate. Even more importantly, I drank water from a bowl, which I had refused to do until now.
Foster mama and I have been practicing walking using a sling from the hospital. Tomorrow we’re going to try walking in the yard a bit. We also tried some passive range of motion exercises the doctor prescribed. I didn’t do much with that today, but we’ll keep at it.
Thank you to everyone who has been following me and wishing me well. I’ll keep you posted!”
It is expected Callie’s recuperation will take as much as two months. If interested in adopting, please contact Fetching Tails Foundation. They do not adopt out of state.
Coleman has been charged with a Class A misdemeanor of animal cruelty. If found guilty, he faces up to one year in jail.
(Photos and video of Callie tossed from third-floor apartment via Fetching Tails Foundation)
Check out Callie’s video from a week ago and how her life has changed because of a community’s involvement and love: