Call it ‘divine intervention’ when dying dog with shattered leg found on side of road

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On Monday, a team from Second Chance Rescue NYC Dogs had been driving down a Georgia highway in the torrential rain on their way to meeting with rescue partners when they spotted a dog lying on the side of the road.

No one had pulled over to help, prompting the rescue team to pull off the road while safely blocking traffic to get a better look. The dog was still alive, but he had been hemorrhaging blood, was utterly terrified and had defecated on himself; his leg had been shattered into pieces.

The volunteers were able to get the dog into the car and rushed him to their veterinarian partner where radiographs were taken and the dog’s condition stabilized. His leg will need to be amputated as the impact of the vehicle must have hit him directly on his leg.

Meet Canon – it was no surprise he wore no collar, was not microchipped or neutered. And even though there is a leash law in this part of the state, no one will be held responsible for having allowed their dog to wander onto a highway to dance with death.

Video of Canon arriving at the emergency vet: (copy and paste the url into your browser to view)

For the next few days, Canon will remain on stray hold, but he is receiving medical care.

“Our greatest wish is that no one claims him and that we will be able to take him into our custody,” the rescue organization posted on their Facebook page. “With us, he will never be without a collar again. Never again will he be unsafe. Never again will he be unloved and uncared for.”

It’s doubtful anyone is looking for Canon. There have not been any reports about a lost dog from either the sheriff’s office or the local shelter. For Canon however, this is his lucky day. For Canon’s new family, when he is ready to be adopted, it will also be their lucky day.

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2 replies
  1. Bunny Peters says:

    Canon is absolutely gorgeous!!! How anyone could allow this precious treasure to roam at large is beyond disgusting!!!

    I hope he heals ASAP and is rehomed into a loving furever family where he will be treated as a beloved family member…….


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