An 11-week-old puppy, with two broken legs, was abandoned in the foyer of the North Shore shelter of the Animal Rescue League/Western Pennsylvania Humane Shelter on February 21, reported the organization on their Facebook page. The puppy was discovered by a clinic client and immediately taken to the ARL/WPHS clinic to be assessed by a veterinarian.
The three-pound Yorkshire terrier’s legs were surgically repaired at the Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center (PVSEC) the next day. And now over a week later, the adorable pooch dubbed Laney has been recovering in a foster home, although veterinarians fear she also suffered a head injury from the fall. She is not able to put any weight on her legs and still acts very lethargic. Her condition is being carefully monitored.
So what happened to Laney? After an investigation by the Pittsburgh Police Department, according to the Post-Gazette, the owner of the puppy was located – a mother of five young children who stated she received the puppy as a Christmas present. On the day Laney was injured, the mother told police her five-year-old son told her the puppy was “outside crying.” A two-year-old child in the home had apparently opened an upstairs window, and the puppy went out onto the roof of a porch and fell. The owner rushed the puppy to three different veterinarians who refused to work out a payment plan to treat the dog. There are no plans to press animal cruelty charges against the owner at this time.
According to the organization’s Facebook page, numerous people have contacted the rescue wanting to adopt or help. Her veterinary bills have exceeded $3,000 and donations are welcome.
“Our phone lines have been overwhelmed with tons of calls & we’d like to restate that it will be approximately 6 to 8 weeks until this poor pup will be ready for adoption. She has a long recovery & rehabilitation period ahead of her, but is doing quite well thanks to the outpouring of support from our community.”
For all who have offered to adopt Laney, the shelter asks that you check out all the other deserving dogs and cats who need homes. Adopt a shelter pet and tell the staff “Laney sent you.”
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Photo of puppy with broken legs – Laney courtesy of Animal Rescue League/Western PA Humane Society.
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