Until one sees the determination of a little gray and black Heeler, who has obviously suffered more than any living creature should, this dog continues to be a miracle recovery almost beyond belief describes the NMDog, a rescued organization out of Las Vegas, New Mexico.
On Valentine’s Day, a good Samaritan reported spotting an abandoned dog, but not just an often seen skinny lost dog; this boy was missing his rear leg with the tibia bone fully exposed. His right leg, with the tibia exposed was dangling, and just as if he were on tiny stilts, the dog had been using his exposed bones to help him walk.
Animal Welfare Coalition of Northeastern NM at Las Vegas, NM were dispatched and transported the young dog to the emergency veterinarian. A first thought was to humanely euthanize the suffering little canine; his pain believed to have been unimaginable, but the staff at the Petroglyph Animal Hospital were shocked when:
“…even more than the severity of his injury, was the spark in his eyes, his will to live and his pleading with us to help him. He was not crying, he was not flat; he was bright, alert and responsive to everything around him. He held his head up, he interacted with our movements and he looked at us as if to say…’It’s about time I found you guys. I’ve been traveling and searching for help for so long.’ We all gathered ourselves, got to work and it was in that moment the decision was made..we made the pledge to give him our all!”
Named Cub by his rescuers, the dog was stabilized, treated for trauma as well as gunshot wounds and what remained of his back legs were amputated. Veterinarians believe Cub may have been caught in a wild animal trap; thus explaining the traumatic injuries. How the dog survived is anyone’s guess, but it is believed he chewed off the lower part of his legs captured and crushed in the snare trap.
Amazingly, within the first 24-hours following surrgery, Cub was raring to go and in a most unusual way, began to propel himself forward.
Meanwhile Cub’s message will be out there, and that is to stop inhumane trapping. After all, look at what it has done to a dog. How many other domestic pets have suffered from such a cruel, barbaric practice in New Mexico?
“Many times, I have envisioned Cub traveling his journey, being caught in the trap, chewing his way free and being picked up by the good samaritan…all of the time with Dog Angels walking all around him! I see one on each side of him,” writes Angela Stell, the founder of NMDog.
Cub is being trained to use a cart, but watching his video shows this boy’s will to succeed. Guess you just can’t keep a good Heeler down.
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